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A look at how Americans and Russians are working together in DC

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29.9% - Percent of John Carlson’s 301 career assists that have set up goals by Alex Ovechkin. Since his rookie season back in 2009-10, Carlson has assisted on 90 of Ovechkin’s goals – as many as he’s had on goals by Nicklas Backstrom (37), Evgeny Kuznetsov (23), T.J. Oshie (18) and Marcus Johansson (12) combined.

Not surprisingly, over half of those 90 assists were earned with the extra man, with 55 power-play helpers54 of which have been primary assists (including the set up for both of Ovechkin’s tallies in last night’s win over Los Angeles).

With those two assists, Carlson also becomes one of just three defensemen in franchise history to crack the 300-assist mark in a Capitals sweater, joining Scott Stevens (331) and Calle Johansson (361). Only nine other defensemen in the League have more assists than Carlson since 2009, and with 45 assists on the year (eight shy of his career-high of 53, set last season), he’s currently second in the League among all blueliners, trailing only Brent Burns (54).