Capitals place defenceman John Carlson in COVID-19 protocol

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) skates with the puck during the third period of an NHL preseason hockey game against the New Jersey Devils, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, in Washington. The Devils won 5-4.(Nick Wass/AP)

The Washington Capitals have placed top defenceman John Carlson in COVID-19 protocol.

Washington made the announcement shortly before Sunday's matinée at home against the Vancouver Canucks.

The two-time all-star Carlson is third on the team in scoring with 32 points — eight goals and 24 assists — in 38 games this season.

Forward Conor Sheary is the only other Capitals player in protocol as defenceman Dmitry Orlov and forward Carl Hagelin were both cleared to return to play Sunday.

Washington is 21-8-9 and sits third in the Metropolitan Division heading into Sunday's game.

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