Blue Jackets’ Wennberg out for Game 2 vs. Capitals

Tom Wilson gets Alexander Wennberg in his sights, and the Washington Capitals' forward does not let up, following through on an unsuspecting opponent. Wennberg did not return for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus Blue Jackets centre Alexander Wennberg will miss Game 2 of his team’s opening-round series against the Washington Capitals.

As a result, Sonny Milano will draw into the Blue Jackets lineup on Sunday.

Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury in Game 1 on Thursday after a hit from Capitals forward Tom Wilson early in the third period. Wennberg left the game and did not return, while Wilson was handed a charging minor.

The hit marked a turning point in the game as the Blue Jackets tied the game at two on the ensuing power play before going on to win 4-3 in overtime.

“I’m just trying to finish my check there,” Wilson said, via the Washington Post. “I’m obviously not trying to take a penalty. That cost us the game. That’s a critical moment. I’ve got to be better and maybe pass up on that hit. We’ve got the lead there so maybe a big hit is not needed. It’s playoffs. Trying to finish your checks, and unfortunately I took a penalty. They capitalized on a couple of their opportunities there in the third period.”

In 66 games for the Blue Jackets, Wennberg racked up 35 points. The 23-year-old scored Columbus’s first goal of the post-season before leaving Thursday’s contest.

Milano featured in 55 games for Columbus this season, notching 14 goals and 22 points.

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