John Carlson sets record for most points by a defenseman in Capitals history


Saturday was a milestone-filled day for the Washington Capitals. Alex Ovechkin finally tallied his 700th goal, while John Carlson tied Calle Johansson for the most points by a defenseman in Capitals history.

On Sunday, Carlson took his spot at the top.

Just over four minutes into a back-and-forth affair between the Capitals and Penguins, Carl Hagelin found the back of the net to give Washington a short-lived 3-2 lead. On the play, Carlson was credited with the assist. That point for the NHL veteran gave him 475 in his career with the Capitals and gave him the new franchise record. 

The record fittingly comes in what has been a phenomenal season for Carlson. Leading the league in points among defensemen, he now sits at 72 with 20 games left in 2020.

Carlson is also now just 10 points shy of breaking Hockey Hall-of-Famer Larry Murphy's Capitals' record for points in a season by a defenseman (81). 

At 30 years old, the overall franchise record for points by a defenseman will continue to grow for as long as Carlson is on the ice for the Capitals. 

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