Tom Wilson is back and with authority for the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, who walloped the Wild in Minnesota 5-2 on Tuesday night.
Wilson has always been one of the Caps' top penalty killers, and his absence for the first 16 games was glaring. Entering Tuesday night, the Caps were 29th in the NHL in killing off penalties at 71.7%. Only Philadelphia and Ottawa were worse.
Wilson played almost 17 minutes in his first game back, showing no signs of being limited by Todd Reirden or conditioning. Alex Ovechkin played four seconds more than Wilson Tuesday night, and Lars Eller was a beast at 19:23.
A big win for the Caps to start an important road trip. A hell of a season debut for Wilson, and perhaps the best kind of double middle finger salute to the NHL that he could offer.