GOTTA SEE IT: Tom Wilson Scores First Goal After Return From ACL Surgery
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has his first goal of the season as he skates in his fourth game following a return from ACL surgery this summer.
After returning from ACL surgery, Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been working to get back to the form he was in last year that made him an NHL All-Star. Now, he has his first goal of the season.
Wilson struck late in the second period of Monday's tilt against the New York Islanders, marking his first goal of the season and first since returning from surgery just four games back.
Who assisted on it? No other than Nicklas Backstrom, who made a great pass to Wilson in front for his second apple of the season. The goal pulled Washington within one of the Islanders, who were leading 3-0 earlier in the frame.
Here's the tally:
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Wilson's goal marked the 116th of his career and his 274th career point. He said that as the games have gone on, he has been feeling more comfortable and more like his old self.
"Still a little bit of rust that I want to kind of get rid of, but I'm feeling better every day," Wilson said, adding, "[And I'm trying to] get better every day and keep working toward the goal of getting back to the player I was."
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Both Wilson and Backstrom are now playing on a line together as head coach Peter Laviolette looks for the perfect line combinations. The two grew closer during their respective recoveries, as they shared similar timelines after both had major procedures over the offseason.
"Every day I come to the rink, I have to be good," Wilson said of No. 19. "I have to push myself because I feel like I owe that to him. I feel like I owe that to him as a leader to make myself better, and he just has that demeanor about him. Everyone around him wants to be better."