John Carlson: “I Think It Was A Dangerous Play, And Also Needless”

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson met with the media following the team’s morning skate on Tuesday. It was the first time that Carlson answered questions regarding his vicious collision with the boards against the Dallas Stars on Sunday night. The fall was initiated by Stars’ winger Jamie Benn.

The play immediately drew the ire of captain Alex Ovechkin, who hunted down and laid a hit on Benn. He then followed that up with a stick to the back and several cross-checks to Benn back. Tom Wilson would next join in on the pummeling of Benn before all five Capitals on the ice jumped into the scrum.

On Tuesday Carlson said he was ok, but that it was initially pretty painful.

“It was pretty painful. First you kind of always worry about your head and that was fine. So that was kind of a relief,” said Carlson

Carlson believes the play was very dangerous, but also uncalled for.

“I think it was a dangerous play, and also needless, at that point in the game and that situation.  It was very, very dangerous. It could be a lot worse. They made rules. Obviously this wouldn’t have pertained to that particular play, there’s a reason that they make that rule. It’s very dangerous when a puck goes down like that. How fast can you skate, that’s how fast you’re going to hit the boards,” said Carlson.

Carlson said he would be back in the lineup tonight against the Blues.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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7 Responses to John Carlson: “I Think It Was A Dangerous Play, And Also Needless”

  1. novafyre says:

    I really thought that refereeing and subsequent reviews by DOPES would become more consistent the past two years.
    Not because the coaches wanted it, not because the players wanted it, not because the media wanted it, not because the fans wanted it, but because the gamblers would want it. What is the point of all these fancy stats if the refs and DOPES can affect the outcome of a game due to calls or non-calls and suspensions? (I originally wrote ‘throw’ but felt that made it sound like a deliberate act and I don’t think all are. But some I do.)

  2. novafyre says:

    Makes more sense to me than their real initials.

    But am I off-base? Wouldn’t gamblers want consistent judging and after-game actions?

  3. Bernie Gill says:

    I am pretty sure that a team that has Tom Wilson on their team should NEVER complain about a dirty play be another team!

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      He’s been clean for more than two years, adjusted his game. Get on the internet, get some more recent news.

      • Anonymous says:

        So we need just forget about all the cheap shots, attempts to injured and suspension because he has been clean for 2 years.

        • novafyre says:

          Go ask all the NHL general managers and coaches if they would take Tom Wilson on their team and then come back and tell me how many said no.

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