The Washington Capitals may have pulled off a major victory in Game 1 against the Florida Panthers, but they also suffered a major loss with Tom Wilson going down in the series opener.
Head coach Peter Laviolette told reporters postgame that Tom Wilson suffered a lower-body injury in the 4-2 win over Florida. He is being evaluated, and the team will have more on his injury later. Right now, his status is up in the air, and the severity of the injury is unknown at this time.
Wilson suffered an injury early in the opening frame after taking a stick up high. He returned to the ice shortly after and scored the first goal of the series. Soonafter, though, he went down again after missing a hit on MacKenzie Weegar and going awkwardly into the boards. He left the game and went down the tunnel, and though he took a twirl and returned to the bench, he did not take the ice again after skating just 1:31 minutes in the first period.
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It is not a good sign for the Capitals, who have relied heavily on No. 43 this season. The 28-year-old had a career year and pulled off his first career 50-point campaign in 2020-21. Meanwhile, with regard to the postseason, he has points in each of his last six playoff games.