Capitals winger Tom Wilson left Monday’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes with an upper body injury, associate coach Todd Reirden said.

Reirden said the decision to pull Wilson late in the second period was for precautionary reasons.

“He was getting evaluated tonight and will be reevaluated tomorrow morning and see where he’s at,” Reirden said.

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Wilson was hurt when he tangled with Jordan Staal in the corner. Staal’s shoulder/upper arm caught Wilson in the mouth area. The Carolina center was whistled for elbowing.

Wilson and Staal had been jawing at one another for much of the game leading up to the hit. Wilson finished with a shot, four hits, a blocked shot and a giveaway in 11:45 of ice time.

“It was just kind of a normal hockey play,” Reirden said. “And we’ll how he is tomorrow, but at this point in the season it gives us a chance to be precautionary on that.”

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