It’s 9:30 on a Saturday night and the favorites to win the NHL’s Eastern Conference hardly look the part, having just surrendered eight goals in a lopsided loss at Philadelphia.
Media types stream into the Washington Capitals’ locker room at Wells Fargo Center looking for answers. The most sought-after player? That would be defenseman John Carlson.
The Marlboro, Mass., native can be counted on to analyze what went wrong in succinct and honest fashion. And that says a lot about his role with this team, which has seven players on the roster earning more money than he does but none who earn more respect from his teammates.