Carlson’s 3 points in 1st lead Capitals past Sharks 5-2

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) John Carlson is putting himself in some pretty elite company.

The defenseman had a goal and two assists in the opening period to reach 40 points for the season, Nick Hathaway and Jakub Vrana each scored twice and the Washington Capitals beat the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Carlson had a hand in all three Washington goals during a span of 3:01 in the first period that put the Capitals in control in the opener of their three-game California swing. With nine goals and 31 assists through 29 games this season, he joined Bobby Orr and Al MacInnis as the only defensemen in the expansion era to reach 40 points in the first 30 games of a season.

''I think there is a lot of luck involved and I'm playing with a lot of great players,'' Carlson said. ''They are making me look pretty good right now. We had a real good start to the season and that all tied in, making good plays and getting good shots off. ... I really have been just in the right spot at the right time.''

Carlson assisted on the first goal of the game for both Hathaway and Vrana and then scored his own as the Capitals rolled to another victory.

''He's been special to watch all year and not just on the offensive side, but how's he's played overall,'' coach Todd Reirden said. ''He's kind of the leader back there and to take on that responsibility is important.''

Braden Holtby made 23 saves for Washington.

Melker Karlsson opened the scoring for San Jose, but the Sharks did little else until Evander Kane scored in the third period to cut the deficit to 5-2. Martin Jones allowed five goals on 22 shots before being replaced by Aaron Dell after two periods. San Jose lost for just the third time in 14 games.

''They're such a good team that when you don't play well they're going to make you pay and they certainly did,'' Sharks captain Logan Couture said. ''They scored five there and probably could have had seven or eight. Joner made some saves. We left him out to dry like we've done multiple times at the start of the year. We have to get back to defending a little bit harder.''

Kane later got a major penalty and a game misconduct for elbowing Radko Gudas in the head. Reirden had no immediate update on Gudas' condition.

The Capitals erased their early deficit with a scoring spree late in the first period, starting when Carlson's point shot deflected off Hathaway and in for the equalizer as Washington's fourth line delivered.

''They were a big part of the last game as well,'' Reirden said. ''It's what we envisioned from the start of the season and now that we've got them back together again they have kind of picked up where they left off.''

Just 53 seconds later, Vrana redirected a shot from Carlson off the post and knocked in his own rebound to make it 2-1.

A little more than two minutes after that, Carlson got a goal of his own when he beat Jones to the short side with a shot from the top of the circle.

''We made two or three defensive coverage mistakes, and next thing you know you're down 3-1,'' Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. ''That's what a real good team does to you. That was the disappointing part of it.''

Hathaway and Vrana added goals in the second period and the Capitals cruised to their fifth victory in their last seven trips to San Jose after going more than 20 years without a win at the Shark Tank.

NOTES: Capitals forward Carl Hagelin (upper body) returned after missing 11 games. ... Sharks D Brent Burns became the fourth defenseman to play in 500 consecutive games, joining Keith Yandle (823), Jay Bouwmeester (737) and Karl Alzner (624). ... Patrick Marleau played his 1,518th game with San Jose, tying Boston's Ray Bourque for fifth-most with one team.

UP NEXT

Capitals: Visit the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.

Sharks: Visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

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123T
WAS20-4-5
3205
SJ15-13-1
1012
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
T. Boyd RW00113/3016:212
J. Carlson D12220/0022:340
N. Dowd C02125/2011:090
L. Eller C01105/8017:300
R. Gudas D00100/0014:533
C. Hagelin LW00110/0012:210
G. Hathaway RW20131/0013:073
N. Jensen D00010/0019:330
M. Kempny D01220/0019:461
E. Kuznetsov C00026/7018:300
B. Leipsic LW00100/0012:550
D. Orlov D01110/0020:591
T. Oshie RW01110/2017:012
A. Ovechkin LW00050/0020:103
R. Panik LW00110/0013:221
J. Siegenthaler D00010/0015:390
J. Vrana LW20140/1017:170
T. Wilson RW00010/0016:532
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
B. Burns D00-140/0020:581
L. Couture C00020/1014:061
B. Dillon D01-310/0018:405
M. Ferraro D01-100/0020:491
D. Gambrell C00023/7213:421
B. Goodrow RW00016/1017:462
N. Gregor C00101/0010:352
T. Hertl C00-205/2010:150
E. Kane LW10134/41517:183
E. Karlsson D00130/0022:470
M. Karlsson RW11110/0014:040
K. Labanc RW00-240/0014:180
P. Marleau RW00-201/0014:410
T. Meier LW00-210/0015:162
R. Simek D00-300/0016:524
M. Sorensen RW00-200/2016:240
J. Thornton C00-223/3014:340
M. Vlasic D00110/0019:540
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
B. Holtby (W)2522360:00
GOALIESSA
B. Holtby (W)25
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Dell 50520:27
M. Jones (L)2351839:33
GOALIESSA
A. Dell 5
M. Jones (L)23
Alex Ovechkin shot on goal (Slap shot)
WAS:GoalsShots
SJ:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • SJ
      13:07GOAL Evander Kane (Snap shot), Assist: Melker Karlsson
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • WAS
      16:15GOAL Jakub Vrana (Slap shot), Assists: Lars Eller and Dmitry Orlov
    • WAS
      02:31GOAL Garnet Hathaway (Wrist shot), Assist: Nic Dowd
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • WAS
      16:32GOAL John Carlson (Slap shot), Assist: Michal Kempny
    • WAS
      14:24GOAL Jakub Vrana (Wrist shot), Assists: John Carlson and T.J. Oshie
    • WAS
      13:31GOAL Garnet Hathaway (Tip-in shot), Assists: John Carlson and Nic Dowd
    • SJ
      02:33GOAL Melker Karlsson (Wrist shot), Assists: Brenden Dillon and Mario Ferraro
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • SJ
      14:59Evander Kane penalty Game Misconduct - 10 min.
    • SJ
      14:59Evander Kane penalty - 5 min.
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • SJ
      06:23Dylan Gambrell penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    TEAM STATS
    WAS
    SJ
    Shots on Goal2825
    Goals in Power Play00
    Faceoff Wins2023
    Penalties03
    Major Penalties00
    Minor Penalties00
    Misconducts00
    TEAM STATS
    WAS
    Shots on Goal28
    Goals in Power Play0
    Faceoff Wins20
    Penalties0
    Major Penalties0
    Minor Penalties0
    Misconducts0
    123T
    WAS20-4-5
    3205
    SJ15-13-1
    1012
    STARS OF THE GAME
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    T. Boyd RW00113/3016:212
    J. Carlson D12220/0022:340
    N. Dowd C02125/2011:090
    L. Eller C01105/8017:300
    R. Gudas D00100/0014:533
    C. Hagelin LW00110/0012:210
    G. Hathaway RW20131/0013:073
    N. Jensen D00010/0019:330
    M. Kempny D01220/0019:461
    E. Kuznetsov C00026/7018:300
    B. Leipsic LW00100/0012:550
    D. Orlov D01110/0020:591
    T. Oshie RW01110/2017:012
    A. Ovechkin LW00050/0020:103
    R. Panik LW00110/0013:221
    J. Siegenthaler D00010/0015:390
    J. Vrana LW20140/1017:170
    T. Wilson RW00010/0016:532
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    B. Burns D00-140/0020:581
    L. Couture C00020/1014:061
    B. Dillon D01-310/0018:405
    M. Ferraro D01-100/0020:491
    D. Gambrell C00023/7213:421
    B. Goodrow RW00016/1017:462
    N. Gregor C00101/0010:352
    T. Hertl C00-205/2010:150
    E. Kane LW10134/41517:183
    E. Karlsson D00130/0022:470
    M. Karlsson RW11110/0014:040
    K. Labanc RW00-240/0014:180
    P. Marleau RW00-201/0014:410
    T. Meier LW00-210/0015:162
    R. Simek D00-300/0016:524
    M. Sorensen RW00-200/2016:240
    J. Thornton C00-223/3014:340
    M. Vlasic D00110/0019:540
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    B. Holtby (W)2522360:00
    GOALIESSA
    B. Holtby (W)25
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    A. Dell 50520:27
    M. Jones (L)2351839:33
    GOALIESSA
    A. Dell 5
    M. Jones (L)23
    STARS OF THE GAME
    123T
    WAS20-4-5
    3205
    SJ15-13-1
    1012
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    T. Boyd RW00113/3016:212
    J. Carlson D12220/0022:340
    N. Dowd C02125/2011:090
    L. Eller C01105/8017:300
    R. Gudas D00100/0014:533
    C. Hagelin LW00110/0012:210
    G. Hathaway RW20131/0013:073
    N. Jensen D00010/0019:330
    M. Kempny D01220/0019:461
    E. Kuznetsov C00026/7018:300
    B. Leipsic LW00100/0012:550
    D. Orlov D01110/0020:591
    T. Oshie RW01110/2017:012
    A. Ovechkin LW00050/0020:103
    R. Panik LW00110/0013:221
    J. Siegenthaler D00010/0015:390
    J. Vrana LW20140/1017:170
    T. Wilson RW00010/0016:532
    Total5802820/230-18
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    B. Burns D00-140/0020:581
    L. Couture C00020/1014:061
    B. Dillon D01-310/0018:405
    M. Ferraro D01-100/0020:491
    D. Gambrell C00023/7213:421
    B. Goodrow RW00016/1017:462
    N. Gregor C00101/0010:352
    T. Hertl C00-205/2010:150
    E. Kane LW10134/41517:183
    E. Karlsson D00130/0022:470
    M. Karlsson RW11110/0014:040
    K. Labanc RW00-240/0014:180
    P. Marleau RW00-201/0014:410
    T. Meier LW00-210/0015:162
    R. Simek D00-300/0016:524
    M. Sorensen RW00-200/2016:240
    J. Thornton C00-223/3014:340
    M. Vlasic D00110/0019:540
    Total2302523/2017-22
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    B. Holtby (W)2522360:00
    GOALIESSA
    B. Holtby (W)25
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    A. Dell 50520:27
    M. Jones (L)2351839:33
    GOALIESSA
    A. Dell 5
    M. Jones (L)23
    GOALS
    • 3RD PERIOD
    • 2ND PERIOD
    • 1ST PERIOD
    PENALTIES
    • 3RD PERIOD
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD

      123T
      WAS20-4-5
      3205
      SJ15-13-1
      1012
      All times are US/Eastern.