The legend of John Carlson is growing as he added two goals to his already incredible season on Wednesday in a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
Check out the game recap here.
Observations from the win
Just give Carlson the Norris already
Sometimes it can be hard to recognize or understand the magnitude of a player's performance over the course of the season. If you don't recognize yet that we are seeing a special season from Carlson, then you need to get on board.
With 11 goals and 31 assists in 30 games, Carlson is statistically off to one of the best starts by a defenseman ever. More on those numbers below.
It's not just his offensive play, Carlson has been very good defensively. That narrative that he is only good offensively and is a defensive liability in his own end is ludicrous.
At this point, you can start engraving Carlson's name into the Norris Trophy now. He is playing well in his own end and he is having one of the best seasons ever for a defenseman offensively. There's no debate.
Hagelin's real return
Hagelin returned from injury for Tuesday's game against San Jose, but you could not see the real impact of his return until Wednesday. The Caps did not take a single penalty against the Sharks, but took three against the Kings. Penalty killing is where Hagelin's game really excels and that was evident in this game as he led the team with 3:55 of shorthanded ice time and was a major factor in the Caps stifling the power play.
Don't forget about Siegenthaler
Carlson is going to steal all the headlines, but Jonas Siegenthaler put together one heck of a game and was named the second star. He recorded a game-high four blocked shots, but his real highlight came in the second period as he defended a 2-on-1 by the Kings.
The responsibility of a defenseman on a 2-on-1 is to defend the pass. Siegenthaler got into the passing lane and timed his slide exactly right, getting down on the ice at just the right time to block the puck. It was exceptionally well played and prevented Los Angeles from even getting a shot off.
Turn off the blowtorch, Ovi!
During a stoppage in play, Alex Ovechkin was on the bench taking a blowtorch to his helmet. He then handed the still lit blowtorch off to head equipment manager Brock Myles.
Come on, man. Turn off the blowtorch before you hand it off.
Carlson's second goal of the
game first period proved to be the game-winner and established that this was going to be his and the Caps' night.
Play of the game
Carlson's 100th career goal was a pretty one and very fitting. The defenseman who does it all did it all on this play, getting the steal in the defensive zone, taking it himself down the ice and firing the wrister to beat Jonathan Quick on the far post.
Stat of the game
It's Carlson's world, we're all just living in it.
Quote of the game
Ovechkin has spent much of his career leaving his teammates speechless. Now Carlson has done it to him.
"I don't know what to say right now; he's the hottest guy out there. You can see two highlight-reel goals again. He's good."
This was pretty darn close.
The Caps are now 4-0-1 this season on the second leg of a back-to-back.
Well, you got the two for Carlson right.
I love this bit. Keep trying guys.
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