Alex Ovechkin has 40 goals on the 2019-20 season, 14 of which have come in the last seven games. Just take a moment to let that sink in.
"I think so. And I think he's coming off of a little bit of a dry spell, for him anyway," Carlson answered. "Not for almost everyone else, but for him to come back. When goals go in, they go in, and as a player you like to see that happen for yourself and you gain that confidence. And you give that guy a little confidence and good feelings, and he's gonna make you pay."
"The tear he's been on is insane," Carlson said. "I got asked the other night, 'What do you think about how many goals he's scored in such a short amount of time?'
"And I said, 'That would be a great season for 90 percent of the league.'"
Asked if teammates try to avoid Ovi in the locker room, lest they risk bumping him off his hot streak, Carlson said, "No. He always just goes about his business the same way, whether he's scoring a hat trick every night or going through a little dry spell."
"So that's great for life as teammates and everyone just kind of rallies behind him," he added. "And when he turns it on, I think everyone takes note and follows suit."