Tom Wilson is one of the most important players on the Capitals. Wilson is the rare forward that plays big minutes in all situations. He plays on the first line, penalty kill, and power play.
So it would be understandable if the Capitals struggled without Wilson’s services during his seven-game suspension. But that’s not what happened.
Instead, the Capitals had a clean sweep, going 7-0 against the Flyers (3x), Devils, Sabres, Islanders, and Rangers. At times, the team got great goaltending, scoring from up and down the lineup, and herculean performances from its captain.
“When they go out there and take care of business, they play the way they are, you’re a proud teammate,” Wilson said Friday. “You’re extremely happy.”