Carlson waves goodbye to Predators after physical win

Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson

The Capitals and Nashville Predators faced off Wednesday having each been forced to take over a week off from their regular-season schedules while the NHL worked around coronavirus outbreaks across the league. It was a chippy game out of the gate and, despite an early 3-0 lead for Washington, remained a close one deep into the third period until an empty netter secured a 5-3 Capitals victory.

Defenseman John Carlson was one of the biggest stars of the game, recording a goal and three assists to help Washington avoid disaster in its first game against the Predators since January 2020. After the game, Carlson waved goodbye to the visiting squad as it made its way to the locker room.

Nashville’s physical play incurred 11 penalties that resulted in six power play opportunities for the Capitals. They failed to take advantage of all six, rather, scoring their go-ahead goal shorthanded with less than six minutes to play. In total, the Predators spent 41 minutes in the penalty box to Washington’s 27.

The two teams don’t face each other often playing in opposite conferences, but the physical nature of the contest left intrigue for the next time they go head to head in Nashville on April 2.