Not only did the Washington Capitals win their first-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but they also saw one its defensemen tie a 30-year old record.
Via the NHL’s PR, John Carlson matched the Capitals’ record for the most points in a playoff series by a defenseman. Carlson finished the series with nine points, with one goal and eight assists.
John Carlson matched the @Capitals record for most points in a playoff series by a defenseman (9), a mark set by Kevin Hatcher in the 1988 Division Semifinals vs. PHI (5-4—9). #NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/8vtCFL1bB8
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 24, 2018
This was a record previously set by Kevin Hatcher in the 1988 Division Semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers. During the series, Carlson also became the third defenseman in NHL history to record consecutive three or more assist playoff games.
Carlson is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Carlson’s six-year, $23.8 million contract ends on June 30.
Headline photo: Rob Carr
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