John Carlson Emerging as Clutch Performer on Washington Capitals

July 28th, 2010 by Ryan Davenport Leave a reply »
The last three NHL campaigns have ended in bitter disappointment for the Washington Capitals, as they have won just one playoff series though each regular season produced a Southeast Division Championship.  

Many players have developed reputations for disappearing in big games and important situations, but one young defenseman looks to be the one to break that trend in the nation's capital.  

John Carlson, a 20-year-old American born defenseman has emerged as a confident, clutch force on the Washington blueline.  

Carlson lives for big game situations, and has delivered offensively when his team needed him the most.  

During this winter's World Junior Hockey Championships in Saskatchewan, Carlson notched the overtime game winning goal—propelling the United States past Canada in the Gold Medal game.

The young blueliner's penchant for the dramatic continued during the Capitals' first round matchup against the Montreal Canadiens.  

As the Capitals battled back from a 4-1 deficit in Game 2, the Canadiens held a 5-4 lead with just over a minute to play. Carlson then struck—wiring ...

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