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Praise for Carlson
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The box score might not show great numbers, but John Carlson earned praise from Coach Bruce Boudreau on the one year anniversary of his NHL debut in Saturday’s 5-4 overtime loss to Philadelphia. “He was playing to win. He was up the ice and he played hard. John Carlson is a great competitor and you could tell tonight he really wanted to win the game.”
Despite being in the league a year already, Carlson is still considered a rookie because he played mostly in Hershey last season. On Saturday, Carlson played 29 shifts for 22:41 minutes, almost nearly six of which were on the penalty kill. He was a -1 and took a minor penalty. He also registered four shots on net – one more than Alex Ovechkin – blocked four shots and was credited with three hits.