The Washington Capitals selected John Carlson with the 27th overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and what a pick that turned out to be for the Caps. The 29-year-old has emerged into the team’s top defenceman over the years and put up a career-best season last year, scoring 15 goals and 68 points in 82 games, but he’s got a chance to top that this season.
On Tuesday night, Carlson helped the Capitals defeat the Carolina Hurricanes by picking up a goal and an assist in a 4-1 victory. Not only did the assist give him a new career-high with 54 helpers on the season, but his two points gave him 400 on his career.
During the announcement of the goal it was revealed to the fans that Carlson picked up career point No. 400 on the play and his teammates and the fans gave him a standing ovation to celebrate his recent achievement.
Carlson got a laugh out of the entire thing, most likely because TJ Oshie said something to him before joining in and making it a big scene, but it’s a gesture he’ll definitely appreciate.
The 29-year-old is two goals shy of tying his career-high of 15, set last season, and is just two points away from setting a new career-high as he sits at 67 points with five games left on the schedule. In 684 career games the Natick, Massachusetts native has 90 goals and 310 assists.