Washingon Capitals defenseman John Carlson has finally gotten his due in recent years after being underrated for some time. He skates well, has offensive pop and plays a lot of minutes – not just on a nightly basis, but seasonally.
Since 2010, when he became a regular for the Capitals, Carlson has played 410 straight games. Factor in the two straight he played as a rookie, and it’s 412 straight games for Carlson.
Alas, the streak ends on Monday night as Washington visits the Buffalo Sabres. It's due to a lower-body injury Carlson suffered in the Capitals’ win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. Carlson played 25:11 in that game.
It’s a shame, because Carlson was just 10 games away from matching Bobby Carpenter’s franchise record of 422. But there is another: Defenseman Karl Alzner of the Capitals has a streak of 410 games that will extend to 411 tonight.
The fact that Carlson and Alzner have played that consistently is a bit incredible. As Chuck Gormley of CSN Mid-Atlantic wrote:
“Carlson and Alzner have played in every game since the 2010-11 season and rank second and fourth in the NHL in blocked shots during that span.”
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