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John Carlson awarded NHL's First Star for October

John Carlson awarded NHL's First Star for October

The Capitals' very own John Carlson, the most decorated defenseman this October leading all blueliners by four goals and nine points, has earned the NHL's First Star of the Month.

Washington's veteran defenseman ranked third in the NHL with 23 points (7 goals, 16 assists) in 14 games played this month, only second in the league record books to Calgary's Al MacInnis who registered 25 points in 13 games played over October 1990.

Carlson not only scored in 12 of 14 appearances but also set a Capitals record for points by a defenseman in any calendar month as well as matched Caps captain Alex Ovechkin's team record for points by any skater in a single October. Ovi set the 23-point record with 14 goals and nine assists in 2009.

Fueled by Carlson's eight multi-point contests, Washington was 6-1-1 when he tallied multiple points this month. 

Since drafted 27th overall in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals, Carlson has recorded 308 career points with 144 goals and 164 assists in 332 appearances, tied for third-most points by a defenseman in Capitals history.

Only three times in the 10 NHL seasons under his belt has Carlson received votes for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded to the league's top defenseman.

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Oshie gets warm All-Star welcome on St. Louis return, scores with dad in attendance

Oshie gets warm All-Star welcome on St. Louis return, scores with dad in attendance

Former St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie was welcomed back to Enterprise Arena fondly by the NHL All-Star crowd that included his family.

At the end of Oshie's entrance on to the ice, the camera showed plenty of Blues players cheering for him. In seven seasons with St. Louis, Oshie played 443 games and talled 310 points (110 G, 200 A) and a +71 plus/minus rating. He even served as an alternate captain for his final two seasons before being traded to the Capitals for Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley and a 2016 third-round draft pick. 

That wasn't all for Oshie's All-Star performance -- he scored 5:29 into the first period to give the Metropolitan Division team a 3-2 lead.

Oshie is the eighth Capitals player in franchise history to score in the NHL All-Star Game.

Oshie's family, including his dad, Tim, affectionately known as "Coach Osh," was in attendance to witness his first All-Star appearance, making the moment even more special.

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John Carlson becomes first Capitals defenseman to score in NHL All-Star Game

John Carlson becomes first Capitals defenseman to score in NHL All-Star Game

In his second NHL All-Star appearance, John Carlson became the first Capitals defenseman ever to score in the marquee event when he put the Metro Division on board with a little help from his Washington teammates.

In a full-rink effort, T.J. Oshie slings Braden Holtby's save to Mat Barzal at center ice, who passes it over to Carlson at the opposite faceoff dot for a quick one-timer just 2:13 in to the first period. This was the Metro Division's first goal of the night. 

Enough said.

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