Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk is on the edge of one milestone while keeping his eyes on another.
Faulk is set to play in his 300th career NHL game on Thursday when the Hurricanes host the streaking Washington Capitals, who have won nine in a row. While that plateau will be reached in a few hours, the 23-year-old Faulk is keeping Sheldon Souray's NHL record of 19 power-play goals by a defenseman in his sights.
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"Any sort of milestone you can have in any league is big. Especially playing in this league because you don't know how long it's going to last and you don't want to take it for granted."
Faulk's first 12 tallies came with the man advantage this season before he netted even-strength goals in back-to-back contests over the weekend. Faulk, who has a team-leading 30 points, has scored two career goals versus Washington - with one coming on the power play.
Canes' Justin Faulk on first even-strength goal: "I'll take 'em any way I can get 'em. I got the even-strength monkey off my back, I guess."— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) December 27, 2015
A second-round pick of the 2010 draft, Faulk has scored 47 career goals and set up 101 others in parts of five seasons with Carolina.