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Tom Wilson Suffers Lower-Body Injury, Will Not Return For Capitals vs. Avalanche

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has left Tuesday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche after a big shot block.



The Washington Capitals got more tough news on the injury front and saw yet another forward go down, as Tom Wilson will not return to Tuesday's tilt against the Colorado Avalanche after taking a puck to the leg.

Just 7:14 minutes into the second period, Wilson made a huge block on a Brad Hunt shot in the defensive zone with his right leg near his ankle and went down in visible pain. He was limping and doubled over as he returned to the bench before subsequently going down the tunnel. Wilson played 9:05 minutes before heading off. The team says he has suffered a lower-body injury.

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It is tough news for the 28-year-old, who has three points in his last four games. Tuesday was just his eighth game this season following his return on Jan. 8 from offseason ACL surgery. Wilson underwent the procedure on his left knee in May and spent eight months rehabilitating his knee and returning to full strength.

Washington is now down to 11 forwards, as the team is missing Nicklas Backstrom, T.J. Oshie and Nic Dowd in the Mile High City. Backstrom is day-to-day with a non-COVID illness. Oshie is back in D.C. after flying home early to be with his wife, Lauren, as they prepare for the birth of their fourth child. Dowd is on the injured reserve and has missed four games with a lower-body injury that he suffered in the opening minutes of the Jan. 16 win over the New York Islanders.

With Backstrom and Oshie out, Wilson and Lars Eller are wearing the "A's" in Denver. The Capitals are trailing 3-1 after the second period.

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