Washington Capitals’ Tom Wilson leaves the game with a lower-body injury

The Washington Capitals have announced that forward Tom Wilson will not return to the team’s game against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.

Wilson blocked a shot with his right leg at 7:14 into the second period and immediately fell into visible pain. He limped to the bench before leaving the game and failing to return after playing just 9:05.

The Avalanche were leading 2-1 at the time, and Colorado had a 3-2 lead when the announcement was made.

Wilson had played well recently with three points in his last four games. The 28-year-old has just eight games under his belt this season after undergoing off-season ACL surgery in May. The Capitals are already missing forwards Nicklas Backstrom, Nic Dowd and TJ Oshie, with Dowd the only injured player. Backstrom is currently ill, while Oshie’s wife has just given birth to their fourth child.

Wilson is coming off the best offensive output of his career, scoring 24 goals and 52 points in 78 games last year. He spent his entire NHL career with the Capitals, posting 276 points and 1,229 penalty minutes in 11 seasons. The Capitals entered the game second in the wild cards, one point behind the Buffalo Sabers, who beat St. Louis earlier in the evening. The Capitals were 4-5-1 in their last 10 games heading into Tuesday.

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