Karl Alzner Running on Adrenaline

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Posted December 12, 2014

Karl Alzner, center, celebrates Troy Brouwer’s goal in the third period. (Caps Outsider)

It’s been a very long two days for Caps defenseman Karl Alzner. Less than 24 hours after the birth of his daughter, he was right back out on the ice, facing the Columbus Blue Jackets at Verizon Center.

For Alzner, everything worked out according to plan. His wife Mandi was due during this home stretch of games, Stella Raay was born, he played his 322nd consecutive game, which is tied for third place in Caps history, and he didn’t miss a beat on the ice, playing 18:34 and assisting on Troy Brouwer‘s third period goal. But how much sleep did he get?

“A little bit. A couple hours. I’ve got enough adrenaline going, don’t need any sleep right now.”

Having a solid reason to rush home after the 3-2 overtime loss, Alzner stuck around for a few minutes to talk to reporters about the game.

“We worked hard. I thought we put a lot of pressure on their D. They turned some pucks over. We had some pretty good zone time in the first period, for sure. We can take away some of those positives. We got a point. We gotta get a point in every game if we can. That’s our goal.”

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