NEW YORK (December 12, 2011)
–Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson
has been named the NHL's 'Third Star' for the week ending Dec. 11.
THIRD STAR – JOHN CARLSON, D, WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Carlson tied for the League lead in points for the week with seven (1-6--7), recording back-to-back three-point games as the Capitals (15-12-1) won two of three. Carlson began the week by notching three assists in a 5-4 loss to the Florida Panthers, Dec. 5. On Dec. 7 he recorded 1-2--3 in a 5-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators and he finished the week with an assist in a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, Dec.9. The Natick, MA native was the Capitals' first choice in the 2008 Draft. In his third NHL season, Carlson is tied for sixth among NHL defensemen with 20 points (5-15--20) in 28 games.