Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson wins Game 1 with a lower-body injury

Washington CapitalsForward Tom WilsonAfter suffering a lower-body injury during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoff series against Canada, is currently being evaluated Florida Panthers.

Wilson scored Washington's first period goal Tuesday before leaving the game. He briefly returned during a TV-timeout to run a few laps on the ice before he left again with a member the training staff.

The No. The No.8 seed Capitals carried on with their agitator and leveraged that early lead from Wilson in order to take the Presidents Trophy-winning Panthers to the top. 4-2. They will lead by 1-0 going into Thursday's Game 2.

We will not know if Wilson will be participating in the matchup. Capitals' coach Peter Laviolette provided a limited update on Wilson's health post-game. Other than to state that he was being monitored by his medical staff and that the club might know more Wednesday. Laviolette was also unclear on the exact injury to Wilson, though he speculated that it may have occurred when he tried and checked out Panthers' defenseman. MacKenzie WeegarAnd ended up pushing hard into the boards.

Washington would feel harrowing if Wilson were to be lost for any length of the season. He scored 24 goals and 52 assists in the regular season and averaged 18:35 per contest.

Capitals defenseman John CarlsonA high hit by Panthers forwards led to a late exit on Tuesday. Sam Bennett. He was not available for update at this time.

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