Capitals’ John Carlson opens up about gruesome injury: ‘A one-in-a-million thing’

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John Carlsen (74) could return to the Capitals’ lineup next week. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

John Carlsen felt slapped on the head after hearing about the trauma In December, you might wonder if the Washington Capitals guard will ever play another NHL game. But if Carlsen has his way, he could very well play for the Capitals on Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Carlsen recently spoke to reporters about his horrifying experience and injuries from that ill-fated shot on December 23. was diagnosed with a skull fracture and a lacerated temporal artery.

Carlson The Athletic’s Tariq Al-Bashir provided with more detailed description. Here are some quotes that show how dire the situation was.

“I got struck by lightning,” Carlson said. “That’s the only way to describe it…

“There’s always close calls. There’s always a lot of, ‘Oh man, he could have been hurt or he could have been bad’. It was bad. It’s one thing in a million – and it happened to me…

“It was bleeding Therefore excess. The only way I can describe it is just existence.

Carlson also noted that he felt bad for the player who took the shot: Winnipeg Jets defenseman Brendan Dillon, a former Capitals teammate. The two have spoken several times since the incident.

Carlsen is expected to play for the Capitals again this season

Speaking of his Capitals teammates, as Carlsen slowly felt better and eventually accelerated his recovery, he experienced the isolation of others while dealing with significant injuries.

“Those first few weeks were tyrannical,” he told El-Bashir. “They were painful, sad. Since then, I’ve felt great.

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Remarkably, Carlson said he hasn’t been diagnosed with a concussion, nor has he noticed the kind of symptoms you’d associate with this type of injury. This is an important one as Carlsen is looking to return to NHL action in the near future, though that is not certain at this point.

“It was a lot of work and time,” Carlson told El-Bashir. “In three months, medically, there can be no more treatment. This is what I do, this is what I do want to do this. So that’s the verdict.

From the outside, it seems silly to risk additional injury – especially with a Capitals team very small difference To play a meaningful game — but Washington coach Peter Laviolette captured some of the struggle by telling a player when they feel ready to go.

“If you went and did that, you would be telling a healthy player, ‘You’re not going to play.’ It also creates problems,” Laviolette said. Via Tom Gullitti of,

Whether Carlsen returns sometime in -23 or waits until next season, it seems he is eager to bounce back from a nagging injury that could have gotten worse.