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The Buzzer: Caps’ Carlson is on fire; James Neal keeps scoring

Three Stars 1. John Carlson, Washington Capitals When you’re trying to split hairs and choose the best of the best on a night of strong performances, sometimes you have to break the tie by looking at the larger body of work. You could make a strong argument that Capitals defenseman John Carlson is on the hottest start of any player. Not just of any defenseman in the NHL — of any skater. Carlson generated three assists in Washington’s 5-2 win against the New York Rangers on Friday. That gives him six points (one goal, five assists) in his last two games, and 17 points through nine games overall in 2019-20. If you haven’t clued into just how impressive that start is yet, consider this: Carlson is tied with Connor McDavid for the ...
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