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John Carlson | Defenseman | #74

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (27) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Defenseman John Carlson scored his fourth goal of the postseason in the Washington Capitals' 3-2 overtime loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh Wednesday night.
The Caps now trail the best-of-seven, second-round series 3-1 and face elimination in Game 5 Saturday night. Carlson's goal, at 16:19 of the second period, tied the game at 2-2. The game extended into overtime after a goalless third period. Jay Beagle opened the scoring with a bad-angle goal at 2:59 of the first period. It was his third goal of the postseason. Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin could not score despite firing a game-high seven shots on net. May 4 - 11:40 PM

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John Carlson is on a three-game point streak.

Carlson registered an assist in Washington's 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday. He has three goals and nine points in nine playoff games.
May 3 - 9:50 AM

John Carlson's rocket point shot on the power play stood as the game winner in Thursday night's Game 1 against Philadelphia.

The Capitals beat the Flyers 2-0, with Carlson's goal breaking the scoreless deadlock late in the second period. Carlson now has 20 points in 52 post-season games, and will be counted on as a major contributor if Washington is to make a deep run.
Apr 14 - 10:07 PM

John Carlson will be a healthy scratched for Sunday's season finale against the Ducks.

It was another sterling season for Washington's top defender, even if he missed a large chunk of time due to injury. Carlson posted eight goals and 39 points with 114 blocks across 56 games this season. He'll head into the playoffs having registered points in four of his last five games, totaling five helpers and six points over that span.
Apr 10 - 7:43 PM

John Carlson is riding a nice hot streak as the Capitals head towards their season finale.

Carlson picked up a goal and an assist, giving him eight goals and 39 points through 56 games this season. He's tallied points in four of his last five as well, totaling six points over that span.
Apr 10 - 1:36 AM

John Carlson added a pair of assists in the Capitals 4-3 overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

When healthy, Carlson has been a steady defenseman this season, as he has seven goals and 37 points in 55 games played. In his last eight games, he has six points (one goal, five assists). With a healthy Carlson in the playoffs, it would be a key to the Capitals success for a long run.
Apr 8 - 10:54 AM

John Carlson scored the overtime winning goal in Friday's 1-0 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Carlson scored the game's only goal at the 2:17 mark of the extra period. Jason Chimera and Marcus Johansson picked up the assists on the goal. This was his first game back in the lineup after missing 13 games with a lower-body injury. The 26-year-old has seven goals and 32 points in 48 games this season. A healthy Carlson would go a long way in helping the Caps make a long playoff push.
Mar 25 - 10:08 PM

John Carlson (lower body) is ready to return on Friday.

Carlson was sidelined for roughly a month. He has six goals and 31 points in 47 contests this season. Carlson will be used with the man advantage and his presence might lighten the load a bit on Alex Ovechkin as far as power-play minutes go.
Mar 25 - 5:51 PM

John Carlson (lower body) could return to the lineup as soon as next Friday for the Capitals.

Carlson has missed the past eleven games after undergoing an undisclosed procedure. On Saturday, he took part in a full practice and is expected to make his return to the lineup as soon as Friday, when the club faces the New Jersey Devils. "We don’t think he’s quite ready in conditioning. He’s probably right there, but we just want to make sure the conditioning element is taken care of," coach Barry Trotz said. "If we do that, he should be good to go when we get back from Ottawa. The next game is Jersey. I think he should be ready to go for Jersey."
Mar 20 - 10:15 AM

John Carlson (lower body) skated after practice Monday.

Coach Barry Trotz said Carlson came back when he was "less than" 100 percent last time and that won't happen again, so you can expect the Capitals to be cautious with Carlson's recovery. He could be back later this month or in early April.
Mar 14 - 12:28 PM

John Carlson had a medical procedure Saturday on his lower body injury and is expected to be out three-four weeks.

Carlson was placed on long-term injured reserve and that will allow the Capitals to get some salary relief for the time being. Carlson has been the Capitals top blueliner, especially on the power play as he has six goals and 31 points in 47 games. Reserve him for now.
Feb 28 - 10:07 AM

John Carlson is expected to be out for a period of three-to-four weeks because of a lower-body injury.

That's a huge blow for the Capitals, as Carlson is arguably their best defenseman. The 26-year-old has six goals and 31 points while averaging 24:09 of ice time in 47 games this season. The Capitals have a huge lead atop the Eastern Conference standings, so they could opt to be patient and wait for Carlson to return instead of making a splash before Monday's trade deadline.
Feb 27 - 1:22 PM

Per Barry Trotz, John Carlson is still suffering from a "lingering injury" that has already cost him 12 games this season.

"It is a lingering of the old injury so we just want to have the opportunity to let’s get it settled down or fixed," Trotz told Chuck Gormley. Fortunately for Carlson and the Capitals, they're a virtual lock for the first overall seed at least in the East. Carlson is still considered day-to-day but you may want to have contingency plans lined up through the rest of the regular season.
Feb 27 - 12:05 AM

John Carlson won't play in Friday's game against Minnesota because of a lower-body injury.

The 26-year-old missed 12 games with a lower-body injury between Dec. 28 and Jan. 19, but it's unclear if this injury is related to the last one. Carlson is considered day-to-day at this point.
Feb 26 - 6:37 PM

Coach Barry Trotz thinks John Carlson is getting back on track now after returning from a lower-body injury.

"I think it's been a little bit of an adjustment period because what happens when you get an injury like his, even your posture and how you skate is a little different," said Trotz. "He seems to be a little straight-legged a little bit more at times. It's starting to come back now, as you get deeper and further away from your injury." Carlson has registered four assists in the last six games.
Feb 22 - 3:53 PM

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All Positions
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Marcus Johansson
4Mike Richards
5Michael Latta
6Jay Beagle
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Andre Burakovsky
3Jason Chimera
4Daniel Winnik
5Zach Sill
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
4Stanislav Galiev
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Karl Alzner
4Brooks Orpik
5Dmitry Orlov
6Nate Schmidt
7Taylor Chorney
8Mike Weber
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer
3Dan Ellis