Capitals’ injured forward Wilson out for Game 2

Capitals’ injured forward Wilson out for Game 2

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson will not play in Thursday’s Game 2 against the Florida Panthers because of a lower-body injury suffered in the first game of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.

Coach Peter Laviolette made this announcement, stating that Wilson is still in good health.

Wilson placed Washington on Tuesday with a first period goal, before leaving the game. After a TV timeout, he returned briefly to skate around the ice with a member the training staff. The eighth-seeded Capitals beat the Panthers at home 4-2.

Laviolette stated Tuesday that he wasn’t sure how Wilson was hurt. He suggested that it could have been when he tried and checked on Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar and ended in going hard into the boards. Losing Wilson for any length would be a serious blow to Washington. The winger scored 24 goals and 52 points in the regular season while averaging 18 minutes, 35 seconds of playing time.

Information from ESPN’s Kristen Shilton was used in this report.

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