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Alex Ovechkin is beginning an early-season project for Washington Capitals defenceman John Carlson to win this season's Norris Trophy.

"Johnny for Norris. That's a hashtag today," the Capitals captain stated Tuesday after Carlson's 2 goals paced Washington to a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames.

Carlson scored and added an empty-netter for an NHL-leading 20 points (5 goals, 15 helps) in 11 games.

The 29-year-old American is the fourth different defenceman in NHL history to register 20 points or more in October signing up with Paul Coffey (1981, 1988), Al MacInnis (1988) and Brian Leetch (1990 ).

"It's a great thing undoubtedly. I don't understand what to state," Carlson stated.

He has 3 video games staying this month to much better the high of 25 points in 13 games set by MacInnis when he was a Calgary Flame.

'Dangerous team'

Ovechkin had an objective and a help and Tom Wilson also scored for Washington (7-2-2), while Chandler Stephenson got the credit on a Flames own-goal.

Braden Holtby published 32 conserves for the win.

"We're a dangerous group when we're doing the ideal things," Carlson said.

and Austin Czarnik countered for the Flames (5-5-1 ). Camera Talbot stopped 25 shots in his second straight start of the season for Calgary

. The Capitals won their fourth in a row atop the Metropolitan Division, while the Flames suffered their first home loss in regulation this season. "For good stretches of the game I felt we played well and brought the video game, however ultimately it does not matter,"Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk stated. "We still didn't get any points tonight. "They're a great hockey team, probably the finest we've played this year. That was a good measuring-stick group

."If we can take any positives it's that we brought stretches. I do not understand the stats, however it's never a good idea when you're down going into the third. We had our possibilities, but not great enough. "Ovechkin silences crowd Rieder scored with 16 seconds left in the video game after Carlson's empty-netter at 18:15. Wilson

made it 4-2 on a feed from Lars Eller

beating Talbot under his left pad at 12:34 of the 3rd duration. 10 seconds after Czarnik pulled the Flames even at 2-2 in the second, Ovechkin quieted the Saddledome with a consent objective at 16:35.

The Russian took a backhand dish from Nicklas Backstrom on a two-on-one and wired the puck house for his seventh goal of the season.

Czarnik scored his first pouncing on a loose puck and sweeping it past Holtby throughout a goal-mouth scramble for a T.J. Brodie rebound. Tracking after 2 fast Washington goals in the very first 3 minutes of the 2nd period, Lindholm cut in half the deficit with a power-play objective at 3:19

. The Swede wristed a cross-ice feed from Johnny Gaudreau over Holtby's glove. Carlson credits'good fortune'Stephenson's centring pass from behind Calgary's net deflected off Flames defenceman Rasmus Andersson and into the host team's internet at 2:41.

Talbot mishandled Carlson's off-speed shot from the boards for Washington's first objective of the game 35 seconds into the period."Pretty lucky,"Carlson stated. "I've had some good luck this month.

"Calgary outshot the Caps 15-9 in a scoreless very first duration. Washington was held scoreless on three power-play opportunities.

Calgary went 1-for-4. The Flames are at house to the Florida Panthers and

Washington advances the road versus the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. "For excellent stretches of the game I felt we played well and brought the game, however ultimately it does not matter,"Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk stated. "They're an excellent hockey group, most likely the best we've played this year. Rieder scored with 16 seconds left in the video game after Carlson's empty-netter at 18:15. Talbot mishandled Carlson's off-speed shot from the boards for Washington's first objective of the video game 35 seconds into the period."Pretty lucky,"Carlson stated.


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