Washington Capitals defenseman and everybody’s favorite bro from New Jersey, John Carlson, was named to the United States Olympic Team a few hours ago. But you already knew that. What you didn’t know, however, was to celebrate, the Caps scheduled Carlson to hold a press conference at 7pm in front of The White House.
It’s the third time over the past two decades that the team has used the White House as a backdrop, a rare occurance. It’s always cool, well minus one of the players that was involved. Let’s review!
Four months later, Carlson, after taking advantage of more opportunity due to injuries on the Caps blue line, was named to Team USA’s roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The announcement was made on NBC after the Winter Classic.
On November 20, 2013, In Game Recap, By Chris Gordon
(Photo credit: Rob Carr)
Ian Oland birthday card of the night. (Photo credit: Brouwer Rangers)
A few years ago, the Washington Capitals-Pittsburgh Penguins rivalry was the NHL’s top draw. Led by the league’s best players, the teams spawned epic playoff series and fantastic regular season games. Eventually, though, Sidney Crosby got hurt and Alex Ovechkin got stale. For the past couple seasons, Caps-Pens has been a bit hollow.
This year, however, Ovi vs. Sid is relevant again: Crosby came into the game tied for the league lead in points, Ovechkin was tied for the lead in goals. Wednesday, the Caps were just one point behind the Pens for the Metropolitan division lead. With NBC in town, the good old days of the late ’00s were back — even if Brooks Laich didn’t give a crap.
Unfortunately, the game was less Snovechkin and more 2009 Semifinals game seven.
Paul Martin put the Pens up early through a screen that make Braden Holtby look foolish. Rejected Gossip Girl character Beau Bennett stretched the lead to two on a two-on-four — yes two-on-four — for Pittsburgh midway through the first. The second frame was utterly boring until ya boy Sidney Crosby unleashed an Ovi shot from the Ovi spot on the power play to put the Pens up by three. James Neal added another in the third.
The Washington Capitals remain weak at even-strength, so they’ve been relying dearly on their electric power play to win games. The Caps have scored a respectable 42 goals at even strength, but they lead the league in power play goals with 21. I’d say those power play goals are primarily responsible for the team’s plus-10 goal differential.
The PP unit’s de facto quarterback has always been Mike Green, at least when he’s healthy. Green has played 79.5% of the Caps’ power play time, second only to Alex Ovechkin. Green had recorded 7 points, all assists, all primary, on the power play before suffering a lower-body injury in the overtime win over the Blue Jackets on November 12th. In Green’s absence, the position of PPQB1 has fallen to John Carlson.
Unlike the goalless Green, Carlson has scored twice on the power play this season– once in Glendale and again vs St Louis. So it makes sense that reader Chris R. would ask:
@russianmachine When Green comes back do you take carlson off the top PP unit? Carlson is just getting shots through and more accurately
Don’t look now, but Washington Capitals defenseman/dudebro John Carlson has five goals — all in the last eight games. He’s on fire right now right now. If he keeps this pace up, he’ll score 20 goals this season.
So that’s probably why Carly let out a roar after that power play goal during the second period of the St. Louis Blues game. Look at Carly infinitely punch!
For nearly two full periods, Tuesday’s night’s game was mind-numbingly dull. But then, Troy Brouwer fumbled the puck in spectacular fashion on the power play, putting the Columbus Blue Jackets up 1-0. The next Caps power play went a little a better.
Skating into the offensive zone, Martin Erat fought for the puck near far circle with Columbus defenseman Dalton Prout — yes, that’s a real name – as John Carlson and Tom Wilson drove towards the front of the net. As Erat approached, he was tripped by Prout. Falling over, Marty made a brilliant pass to the front of the net, connecting with Carlson. JCar scored for his fourth goal in six games. Carlson also fell over as he contacted the puck, crashing into CSN’s goal cam. Wilson, eager to celebrate, then tripped over Carlson’s legs, himself tumbling into the net.
Every NHL player gets an allotment of tickets for games. It’s written in the CBA. Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin apparently had a milestone day in this regard, as Mike Greenreports on his Twitter account that Ovi has given away his tickets for the first time ever. John Carlson is the beneficiary. No big deal, but there is a reason we’re writing.
“He didn’t want to fight,” Emery told Chuck Gormley. “I said, basically, ‘Protect yourself.’ He didn’t really have much of a choice.”
Kind of like a mugging.
The Capitals were outraged that referee Francois St. Laurent let the ‘fight’ go on considering only one participant appeared to be willing. Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson, in particular, was peeved. As he should be.
Today in cute Washington Capitals dog photo news, Karl “Katniss” Alzner and John Carlson posed for Show Your Soft Side, an anti-animal abuse campaign. Alzner, who has three rescue puppies at home, posed with two of his own dogs, the world-famous Charlie and Murphy. Carlson posed with his own pup as well, Ellie, who he describes in the poster as “his best girl.”
The posters will go up in Baltimore — which I hope explains that beautiful hue of orange on the side — and will target Charm City’s youth.