John Carlson Scores Goal In Return to Lineup, Three Months to the Day of Serious Head Injury

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson wasted no time making an impact in his return to the lineup against the Chicago Blackhawks, picking up his ninth goal of the 2022-23 season.

The goal came in the third period on the power play and was assisted by Nicklas Backstrom and Dylan Strome.

Carlson suffered a serious head injury three months to the day on December 23, 2022, taking a slapshot from former teammate Brenden Dillon to the side of the head, an injury that fractured his skull and laceration of his temporal artery.

The goal was Carlson’s second point of the game, having picked up an assist on a goal by Nicklas Backstrom earlier in the contest.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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1 Response to John Carlson Scores Goal In Return to Lineup, Three Months to the Day of Serious Head Injury

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    A Capitals fan complains about defenseman John Carlson in December and thinks his salary could be better used elsewhere. Clarence the Angel appears to this fan and declares, “I’ll show you what the Capitals will be like without Carlson.”

    So Carlson gets injured in the team’s last game before Christmas (broken skull and a severed temporal artery) and is out for a while.

    The team starts losing and losing, compiling nearly the worst record in the NHL with Carlson out. Capitals are a seller at the deadline, getting rid of impending free agents in order to collect assets for the future as a retooling has begun. Attending games has become relatively depressing for fans.

    Related: some stats compiled from a Japers Rink, Aberg, this morning.

    Caps went 14-22 (.388 percentage) and 5-13 at home while Carlson was out.

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