Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson scored the first goal of the Capitals first round series with the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. Unfortunately,Wilson would skate just three shifts for a total of 1:31 of ice time before leaving the game with a lower-body injury.
Capitals defenseman John Carlson would also leave the game after receiving a high hit from Panthers centerman Sam Bennett in the waning seconds of the third period. According to ESPN, Carlson left the ice and went directly to the Capitals’ locker room as the final seconds of the game expired.
A high, late frustration hit
Have to imagine Sam Bennett will get a call from @NHLPlayerSafety
Hopefully John Carlson is okaypic.twitter.com/3ookEOZbeJ
— Jackson Didlake (@diidlake) May 4, 2022
Carlson’s exit from the game may have been precautionary as the Capitals did not offer any kind of injury announcement for Carlson following the game. Carlson also appeared relativel unscathed when he received the Capitals’ shield award for the game’s best defensive player.
The Capitals will hold an optional skate on Wednesday at FLA Live Arena. Head coach Peter Laviolette is scheduled to meet with the media following the skate where we may receive an update on the status of both Wilson and Carlson.
Game 2 of the series is set for Thursday night before the series shifts to Washington for games 3 and 4 on Saturday afternoon and Monday night.
By Jon Sorensen