For a quick interval Wednesday, the Washington Capitals as soon as once more had a participant main the league in scoring. It simply wasn’t who you’d anticipate.
John Carlson had a aim and two assists, giving the defenceman 14 factors, and the Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-Three Wednesday night time for his or her first house win of the season.
“Simply getting fortunate I believe,” stated Carlson, on tempo to double his profession excessive of 70 factors from a season in the past. “Guys are making some good performs to me, and the blokes I am passing to are scoring proper now.”
Carlson had moved forward of Edmonton forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. However McDavid had 5 factors and Draisaitl had three in a powerful win over the Philadelphia Flyers and each Oilers leapfrogged Carlson.
Capitals teammate Alex Ovechkin, a three-time MVP who has paced the league in factors (2007-08) and objectives (eight instances) throughout his illustrious profession, garners a lot of the eye on offence in Washington. But it surely’s been Carlson on the forefront early this season. His 11 assists have been additionally tops within the NHL amongst defencemen, they usually’ve come whereas the membership awaits the return of Michael Kempny from low season hamstring surgical procedure.
“He is taking part in very well, and that is one thing that we talked about this summer time with the departure of another guys,” coach Todd Reirden stated. “He is been an enormous motive why we have been capable of get by way of this time with out Kempny.”
Nicklas Backstrom added a aim and an help, and Jakub Vrana and Evgeny Kuznetsov…