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John Carlson scores twice to help Capitals beat Flames

CALGARY, Alberta — Alex Ovechkin is beginning an early-season marketing campaign for teammate John Carlson to win this season’s Norris Trophy because the league’s prime defenseman.

“Johnny for Norris. That’s a hashtag right now,” the Capitals captain stated after Carlson’s two targets helped the Washington Capitals to a 5-Three win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday evening.

Carlson scored and added an empty-netter for an NHL-leading 20 factors (5 targets, 15 assists) in 11 video games.

The 29-year-old American is the fourth completely different defenseman in NHL historical past to register 20 factors or extra in October becoming a member of Paul Coffey (1981, 1988), Al MacInnis (1988) and Brian Leetch (1990).

“It’s a great thing obviously. I don’t know what to say,” Carlson stated.



He has three video games remaining this month to higher the excessive of 25 factors in 13 video games set by MacInnis when he was with Calgary.

Ovechkin had a purpose and an help and Tom Wilson additionally scored for Washington. Chandler Stephenson obtained the credit score on an own-goal by the Flames. Braden Holtby completed with 32 saves.

“We’re a dangerous team when we’re doing the right things,” Carlson stated.

Elias Lindholm, Tobias Rieder and Austin Czarnik scored for the Flames. Cam Talbot stopped 25 photographs in his second straight begin.

“For good stretches of the game I felt we played well and carried the game, but ultimately it doesn’t matter,” Flames ahead Matthew Tkachuk stated. “We still didn’t get any points tonight. … They’re a good hockey team, probably the best we’ve played this year. That was a good measuring-stick team.”

Wilson pushed Washington’s lead to 4-2 on a feed from Lars Eller to beat Talbot below his left pad with 7:26 left within the third interval. Carlson’s empty-netter with 1:45 remaining maid it a three-goal recreation earlier than Rieder capped the scoring with 16 seconds to go.

Ten seconds after Czarnik pulled the Flames even at 2-2 within the second, Ovechkin quieted the Saddledome with a go-ahead purpose with 3:25 left within the interval.

The Capitals‘ captain took a backhand cross from Nicklas Backstrom on a 2-on-1 and wired the puck dwelling for his seventh of the season.

Czarnik scored his first by pouncing on a free puck and sweeping it previous Holtby throughout a goal-mouth scramble for a T.J. Brodie rebound.

Talbot mishandled Carlson’s off-speed shot from the boards for Washington’s first purpose of the sport 35 seconds into the second interval.

“Pretty lucky,” Carlson stated. “I’ve had some good fortune this month.”

Stephenson’s centering cross from behind Calgary’s internet deflected off Flames defenseman Rasmus Andersson and in at 2:41 to make it 2-0.

Lindholm halved the deficit with a power-play purpose at 3:19, his team-high sixth purpose. The Swede wristed a cross-ice feed from Johnny Gaudreau over Holtby’s glove.

Calgary outshot the Caps 15-9 in a scoreless first interval.

NOTES: Carlson is 5 factors again of Kevin Hatcher (426) for the third-most factors by a Capitals defenseman in franchise historical past. … Ovechkin is 4 targets from passing Luc Robitaille (668) for 12th in all-time NHL scoring. … Flames ahead Sam Bennett was scratched a second straight recreation with an undisclosed damage.

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Capitals: At Edmonton on Thursday evening.

Flames: Host Florida on Thursday evening.

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