Capitals lose Tom Wilson to injury in first period

The Washington Capitals got a huge goal from Thomas Wilson in the first period to take a lead against the league-leading Florida Panthers.

Then they lost him to injury. We don’t really know how he got hurt.

Wilson’s first goal came as the Capitals’ power play was winding down. Sergei Bobrovsky gave up a huge rebound after a one-timer from Anthony Mantha. Wilson found the puck at his feet and beat Bob with a perfectly placed shot.

Of note, Wilson tied on the power play after taking a high stick from Radko Gudas. He bloodied the bridge of Wilson’s nose.

Wilson’s next shift is where we think he got hurt. As he tried to give MacKenzie Weegar a big hit behind the net, Wilson crashed into the boards causing a thud.

The right winger came off the ice afterwards and looked a bit sluggish returning to the bench.

Wilson was on the ice for three shifts and played just 1:31 in the first period.

Wilson took a whirlwind around the ice during a break in play in the second period before heading back down to the locker room on NBC Sports Washington’s telecast. Capitals public relations has yet to officially rule Wilson out of the game or tweet about his injury.

Any injury to Wilson isn’t good for the “no apologies” Caps. Wilson plays in all situations, including on the power play and shorthanded, and is one of the best defensive and physical forwards on the team. Against a high-scoring team like Florida, Wilson being out for an extended period is a huge loss.

Main photo: Elizabeth Kong/MRNB

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