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John Carlson came close to staying there

Washington Capitals defender John Carlson is on the way back and could return in the coming days, but this result was not achieved.

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The veteran suffered serious injuries when he was shot in the head by Brenden Dillon of the Winnipeg Jets on December 23. The result was rather frightening: a fractured skull and a ruptured temporal artery. Earlier this year, his wife, Gina, also posted on Instagram talking about a laceration in her ear, all of which caused massive bleeding. In short, the picture of the situation was rather alarming.

“I was bleeding so hard. It was a matter of survival and that’s the only way I can describe it,” the full-back told The Athletic. It’s like I was struck by lightning. […] There are always situations where you get close, where injury can happen and bad times. There, it was a one-in-a-million thing and I was a victim of it.”

“There’s no question it was scary,” head coach Peter Laviolette told We were scared for 24 hours. So we were flattered knowing that John was going to be fine and in the long run everything would be back to normal. It’s a dangerous sport sometimes. It is fast and physical. There are strikes, and the puck is moving at 100 miles an hour. There are a lot of things that can happen and you always want to make sure your players are protected.”

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Fortunately for the guy who has racked up 21 points in 30 games since the start of the campaign, that worrying period marked by emergency hospitalization is behind him. He now wants to help the Capitals get back on the slope. They’re 10th in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, five points off a spot in the playoffs.

“I feel really good,” he said. I feel rejuvenated. I don’t think I’ve been out of the house for long in a winter of my life. I’m trying to take care of my health and take the opportunity to do the activities I couldn’t do, as well as prepare myself to get back in the game.