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Carlson Named NHL First Star for October

The Caps defenseman tallied 23 points in 14 games

by Washington Capitals @capitals /

NEW YORK, NY - Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson, Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak and Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the month of October.

Video: John Carlson - First Star of the Month


Carlson paced defensemen in goals, assists and points - and ranked third in the entire NHL with 7-16-23 in 14 games - to power the Capitals to the top of the League standings on the strength of their best-ever October (9-2-3, 21 points). Only one blueliner in NHL history has recorded more points in a single October: Calgary's Al MacInnis in 1990 (8-17-25 in 13 GP).

Carlson - who found the scoresheet in 12 of his 14 appearances - registered eight multi-point outings, highlighted by three-point performances Oct. 10 at NSH (0-3-3), Oct. 16 vs. TOR (1‑2-3) and Oct. 18 vs. NYR (0‑3-3). That helped him establish a franchise record for points by a defenseman in any calendar month, surpassing Sergei Gonchar's 22 in January 2000 (10‑12-22 in 14 GP), and also match a Washington record for points by any skater in a single October (Alex Ovechkin: 14‑9-23 in 13 GP in 2009).

The 29-year-old Natick, Mass., native has collected 97-329-426 in 702 career NHL games (all w/ WSH), tied for the third-most points by any blueliner in Capitals history.

Video: John Carlson First Star of the Month

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