Shorty For 43! Tom Wilson Scores Gorgeous Goal Shorthanded Against the Buffalo Sabres

Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson is one of the Capitals’ most well-rounded players, being utilized in multiple on-ice situations when the need arises. On Thursday night against the Buffalo Sabres, Wilson proved his versatility by scoring a shorthanded goal to give the Capitals an extended lead.

With teammate T.J. Oshie in the penalty box on a high-sticking call, Wilson and the Caps were faced with a shorthanded situation. With the Capitals hemmed in their defensive zone by the Sabres, Wilson outmatched Sabres forward Sam Reinhart along the boards, and soon found himself in on Buffalo goaltender Linus Ullmark with Nic Dowd trailing. Looking behind him briefly, Wilson faked and slid the puck past the outstretched pad of Ullmark to give the Caps a 2-0 lead on the penalty kill.

The goal was Wilson’s sixth of the 2020-21 season and marked his 13th point (six goals, seven assists) in 13 games played this season. It also marked his fifth career shorthanded goal and the first for the Caps this season.

Wilson was asked after the game what he heard from Nic Dowd who was trailing on the play. He said Dowd was screaming “No, No, No:”, as in don’t pass it back to him.

The former first-round pick has scored at least one shorthanded goal in each of the last four seasons.

The Capitals headed into the second intermission with a 2-0 lead over the Sabres.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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