Tom Wilson Scores Capitals’ First Goal of the 2022 Postseason, Exits Game With Injury

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The Washington Capitals’ much-anticipated Game 1 matchup against the Florida Panthers in the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs got off to a positive start for the visiting Caps, as right wing Tom Wilson scored the team’s first goal of the postseason. However things would turn 180 when Wilson departed the bench for a second time.

Wilson scored his first goal of the playoffs just 3:47 into the first frame, on assists from Anthony Mantha and Justin Schultz.

Wilson played just 1:31 before exiting the game with a presumed injury. Wilson left the Capitals’ bench once but returned, however, exited again after just three shifts.

According to’s Tom Gulitti, Wilson appeared to have taken the worst of a hit delivered to Florida defenseman Mackenzie Weegar in the first.

About halfway through the second, the Capitals announced that Wilson was being evaluated.

Wilson’s goal marked his 14th career playoff tally and his sixth consecutive postseason appearance with a goal.

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. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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