Tom Wilson Returns To Capitals Practice

The Washington Capitals were back at work for an optional skate Monday morning at MedStar Capitals Iceplex following their 4-3 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday afternoon. The Capitals next host the New York Islanders for a two-game set starting Tuesday night at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m.

Tom Wilson, who missed Sunday’s game against the Sabres due to a lower body injury he sustained against the Sabres on Friday night, returned to practice on Monday.

Wilson left Friday’s game in the third period after taking an awkward fall along the boards.

Today’s practice was optional. Skaters that participated: Wilson, Vrana, Fehervary, Siegenthaler, McMichael, TvR, Panik, Jensen, Sheary, Pinho, Sprong and Carr.


  • Capitals goaltender Vitek Vanecek recorded 45 saves on 48 shots (.938 save percentage) last night against the Buffalo Sabres to remain unbeaten in regulation in his first four NHL starts (2-0-2). Vanecek became the fifth rookie goaltender in franchise history to record at least 45 saves and the first to do so in nearly 39 years.
    Goaltender Date Saves
    Michel Belhumeur Dec. 7, 1974 52
    Al Jensen Feb. 20, 1982 49
    Bernie Wolfe Dec. 19, 1975 47
    Dave Parro Feb. 12, 1982 46
    Vitek Vanecek Jan. 24, 2021 45
    Bernie Wolfe Dec. 6. 1975 45

    This season, Vanecek is 2-0-2 with a 2.87 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. He is one of two rookie goaltenders in franchise history to remain unbeaten in regulation in his first four career games, joining Jim Carey (6-0-0-1 in 1994-95). Vanecek’s .947 save percentage at five-on-five this season is tied for sixth among goaltenders with at least three games played.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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