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The Noon Number: The Shot Heard ‘Round the Rink

A look at where Carlson’s award-winning blast sits in franchise history

2019 SAP NHL All-Star Skills - Hardest Shot Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

4 - Number of times the NHL’s Hardest Shot competition has been won by a member of the Washington Capitals, including John Carlson’s victory over the weekend. Carlson joins Alex Ovechkin (2018) and Al Iafrate (1993, 1994) as the only Caps to earn that prestigious crown since its 1990 debut.

Carlson’s 102.8 mph blast not only beat Brent Burns, Steven Stamkos and Seth Jones Friday night, but also edges out Iafrate’s 1994 mark of 102.7 to check in as the second-highest of any Cap at the All-Star Game.

Iafrate does still hold the overall team record, recording a 105.2 mph shot back in 1993, while Ovechkin’s 101.3 mph last year makes him the only Caps’ forward (and just the third forward in Skills Competition history) to win the Hardest Shot title.

Relive Carlson’s 2019 winning performance (and those of his inferior competitors) below: