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The Noon Number: D-Lightful

A look at some red lights being turned on from the blueline

Toronto Maple Leafs v Washington Capitals Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

19 - Number of goals scored by Capitals’ defensemen this season, third-most in the NHL behind only Florida (21) and the Islanders (23), with that total getting a significant bump after Erik Gustafsson’s totally expected and not-at-all-surprising hat trick on Saturday night (plus another Trevor van Riemsdyk tally).

Gustafsson and TvR’s combined four-goal output against the Leafs on Saturday also marked the first time in almost four years that the team has had at least four goals from blueliners in a single game; the last time was back on January 20, 2019, when goals from John Carlson (2), Dmitry Orlov, Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik helped down the Blackhawks in Chicago.

(h/t Caps Today)