John Carlson is signed through the 2025-26 season, so going by current trends he will play approximately 69 thousand minutes before that deal is up.
Head coach Todd Reirden and the players who spoke with the media after the Game Seven double-overtime loss to the Hurricanes were exhausted, disappointed, and visibly upset.
But we’re here for the team when they win and we’re here for the team when they lose. Misery loves company. Let’s embrace the pain together, Caps fam.
The final morning skate of the regular season has wrapped up in Arlington, Virginia. With the Caps’ Metro Division championship and playoff spot locked up, the team appears likely to rest a few key players for Saturday night’s finale against the New York Islanders.
Capitals defenseman John Carlson accomplished a bit of history against the Carolina Hurricanes, Tuesday.
After receiving a secondary assist on Nicklas Backstrom’s empty-net goal, Carlson tallied his 400th career point (90g, 310a), becoming only the fifth defenseman in Capitals history to reach the mark.
The Capitals saluted Carly immediately following the goal on the jumbotron. The best part is he had no idea he even accomplished anything!
The Washington Capitals met with Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Monday, where Trump congratulated the team on the 2017-18 Stanley Cup championship win and wished them good luck in the 2018-19 playoffs.
Team owner Ted Leonsis and team captain Alex Ovechkin also said a few words thanking Trump and the the White House for their hospitality. Trump highlighted the play of defenseman John Carlson and nudged Carlson into making a speech as well.
Here is the full text of their comments.
Vegas Golden Knights defenseman and former Capital Nate Schmidt guest-starred on the February 14 episode of 31 Thoughts with Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. While the conversation covered many topics, the most entertaining was a throwback to the year 2013.
Schmidt scored his first career NHL goal against the Nashville Predators on December 7, 2013. After the puck hit the back of the net, John Carlson hugged Schmidt. The two were defensive partners at the time, and Carlson skated up the ice, beating all the forwards in the footrace. Instead of breaking his momentum, he slammed into Schmidty, who then slammed into the boards.
Schmidt said it was like getting hit by a linebacker and nearly knocked him into the stands.
“I really felt I was going to eat popcorn with the people in the third row,” Schmidt said.
After being traded to the Detroit Red Wings late last week, Madison Bowey made his debut in the Motor City Tuesday evening.
Bowey debuted with a new number. The former Caps defenseman is wearing no. 74 in honor of John Carlson.
The Washington Capitals had an embarrassing start against the NHL’s very worst team. The Ottawa Senators, who traded Mark Stone (Vegas), Matt Duchene (Columbus) and Ryan Dzingel (Columbus) ahead of Monday’s trade deadline, scored twice in the first 7:16 of the game, not allowing the Caps a shot on goal for nearly the first 10 minutes of the game (9:53, Andre Burakovsky). Yiiiiikes.
The Capitals responded by scoring seven unanswered goals, including four joker tallies in the second period.
What turned the game around? “Well, we decided as a group we’re going to get engaged in the game,” Capitals assistant coach Scott Arniel said, failing to hide his sarcasm. “We were spectators there for the first ten, fifteen minutes. You know what? In this league, if you don’t put the work in, those things are going to happen. But you saw what happened here. We got a little ticked off and got some goals.”
Yes, yes they did. And now I will recap them all for you.
The Washington Capitals had the day off to frolic in California after defeating the San Jose Sharks 5-1, Thursday night.
That freedom produced one of the best selfies of the 2018-19 season.
TJ Oshie posted a photo of himself, John Carlson, Andre Burakovsky, Tom Wilson, and Nicklas Backstrom riding a helicopter.
“GET TO THE CHOPPA!!!” Oshie wrote in all caps. He appears to be the co-pilot.
The Washington Capitals were desperate to end their seven-game losing streak. That fact was no more evident in the final seconds of the third period against the Calgary Flames.
As the buzzer hit zero, Nicklas Backstrom sent Flames superstar Johnny Gaudreau flying into the end boards with a shoulder to the chest.
The hit sent a competitive game overboard. The two teams intertwined in a violent, angry hug.
“There was a lot of emotion on both sides,” Tom Wilson said postgame. “Two good teams that want to win. We were playing hard right to the end there. It was loud. We were doing whatever it took to get the job done. That includes defending each other and sticking together at the end.”
Braden Holtby even got involved!
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