John Carlson Leaves Game Following High Hit From Sam Bennett Late In The Third Period Of Game 1

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.

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

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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2 Responses to John Carlson Leaves Game Following High Hit From Sam Bennett Late In The Third Period Of Game 1

  1. Anonymous says:

    That’s a cheap shot. Hopefully Player Safety will take a look at it.

  2. Dan+Hornbaker says:

    Yep, if Wilson did that he’d be out for multiple games.

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