Whether or not Capitals winger Tom Wilson returns for Game 2 after leaving Game 1 with an undisclosed injury shall be a game-time decision, coach Peter Laviolette mentioned Wednesday.
Wilson scored a key purpose for the Capitals within the first interval however left the sport later that interval after struggling an injury, apparently on a success from Panthers defenceman MacKenzie Weegar. After the sport, Laviolette would say solely that Wilson was being evaluated for a lower-body injury.
Nonetheless, Laviolette additionally mentioned that Wilson can be “receiving therapy” for the injury in a while Wednesday.
Wilson, recognized extra for his toughness than his scoring prowess, had a career-best offensive season and was the Capitals’ fourth-leading scorer, with 24 targets and 28 assists whereas enjoying largely on the No. 1 line in addition to each special-teams models. He additionally had a full-season-low 98 minutes in penalties.
“You possibly can’t exchange Tom, particularly in playoffs,” T.J. Oshie instructed reporters after the sport. “He’s considered one of our most necessary gamers due to his capacity to play bodily, his capacity to attain massive targets like he did (within the first interval).
“His capacity to penalty-kill, play on the ability play. He’s only a man you can not exchange. Not solely that, however his presence within the room may be very influential to our workforce. We hope for the most effective. I believe everybody is aware of he’s a reasonably robust man, so hopefully he shall be on the market with us in a pair nights. If not, it’s subsequent man up, prefer it all the time is.”
Puck-moving defenceman John Carlsson was additionally hobbling after taking a excessive hit from Sam Bennett. Carlsson gave the impression to be none the more serious for put on after the sport, nonetheless, as reported on Wednesday.
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The Capitals shocked the Panthers, 4-2, in Game 1.
The Capitals improved to 27-20 in Game 1s and 10-8 when beginning a sequence on the highway.