Taking penalties that led directly to Columbus Blue Jackets game-tying goals, Tom Wilson was a liability in Games One and Two.
“I’ve got to be a lot smarter,” Wilson said after the Caps fell into a 2-0 series hole. “I can’t be in the box.”
Wilson has still continued to take penalties, but #TomLineTom is now adding goals. Thursday night during Game Four, Wilson scored his second goal of the 2018 postseason and second goal in consecutive games.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 19, 2018
The goal was all due to a beautifully executed two-on-one between Chandler Stephenson and John Carlson and the chaos that happened immediately thereafter.
Carlson’s shot nearly found the back of the net, but was stopped by Sergei Bobrovsky’s left pad. Stephenson backhanded a puck on net, but a backchecking Thomas Vanek plopped on the puck and swept it out of the crease with his glove.
Evgeny Kuznetsov gathered in the loose puck and found Tom Wilson on the point for a one timer.
Wilson went to one knee and ripped a shot past Bobrovsky for the goal.
Wilson had four shot attempts in the first period, leading all Caps players. The tally also marked the first even-strength point for Kuznetsov in the series.
The Caps would take a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission. They are 1-2 in this series when scoring first.
The Capitals have scored the first goal in every game of the series. Since 2009-10, the Capitals are 26-8 when they score first in the playoffs.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) April 19, 2018
Headline photo: Jamie Sabau
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