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Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 03/06/2011

Capitals excel when receiving contributions from defensemen

After the Capitals’ 3-2 win over the Blues Thursday, it was discovered that Scott Hannan’s goal was the first by a Washington blue liner since John Carlson scored on Jan. 16 against Ottawa 18 games earlier.

Like most every aspect of the Capitals’ offense this season, the number of goals added by the defensemen is down, but when Washington does get that goal chipped in from the blueline, regardless whether it’s from Mike Green, Carlson or John Erskine, it is an impressive 14-1-2.

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