Wilson couldn't return to Round 1 due to 'pretty significant' knee injury
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson told reporters Sunday he suffered a "pretty significant" left knee injury during his team's first-round matchup against the Florida Panthers, according to NHL.com's Tom Gulitti.
Wilson opened the scoring with a power-play tally in Game 1 but played just under two minutes. He appeared to take the brunt of the impact along the boards while attempting to hit Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar.
The talented agitator said he tried to return to the series but couldn't due to the ailment.
Multiple other Capitals also revealed the extent of their injuries. Captain Alex Ovechkin admitted he needed injections and "magic pills" to play through a left shoulder ailment during the series, although he said he doesn't need surgery. He missed the final three games of the regular season after suffering an upper-body injury against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 24, but he returned for Game 1.
Washington forward Carl Hagelin, who missed the rest of the season after suffering an eye injury in late February, revealed he had two eye surgeries and won't get 100% of his vision back. However, Hagelin said he'll work to play next season.
Additionally, T. J. Oshie, who was limited to just 44 regular-season games, told reporters he played through a broken foot he suffered early on in the campaign, according to The Associated Press' Stephen Whyno. Oshie said he also battled with some back problems.
The Panthers took advantage of a couple blown leads to dispatch the Capitals in six games.
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