WASHINGTON, D.C. — After a dominant Game 3 win over the Florida Panthers, the Washington Capitals have sent right wing Brett Leason back down to the AHL’s Hershey Bears. Leason was a scratch on Saturday and did not play. However, he was present at Capital One Arena.
It is unclear if this means anything on the Tom Wilson front. Leason’s return to Hershey will give the Bears a key forward for a must-win Game 2 in their best-of-three series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to open the Calder Cup Playoffs.
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Leason was originally recalled back on Tuesday with Tom Wilson day-to-day. Wilson has not played since suffering a lower-body injury early in Game 1. Leason filled in on the right side with Wilson out for Game 2, making his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut in Sunrise. The 6-5 forward skated roughly seven minutes working on the fourth line with Nic Dowd and Johan Larsson.
With Washington looking for a spark and response in Game 3, Connor McMichael drew in for Leason and made his postseason debut. He skated on the third line with Lars Eller and T.J. Oshie and logged 7:59 minutes.
Leason skated in 36 games for the Capitals during the regular season. The 23-year-old dished three goals and three assists up in the NHL. Down in Hershey, he recorded six goals and 13 points in 31 outings.