Tom Wilson and Derek Roy each came to the Capitals’ training camp with something to prove and both delivered in Monday night’s 2-0 preseason victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at Verizon Center.
Wilson, who managed just four goals in 67 games last season and worked all summer on his shooting, ripped a wrist shot past Carolina goaltender Drew MacIntyre 3:31 into the third period for his first goal of the preseason.
Roy, who arrived in camp as a 32-year-old free-agent invite, narrowly missed scoring a goal early, then pounded a shot off the shoulder of MacIntyre and over the goal line for his first goal as a Capital with 6:49 remaining in regulation.
“Obviously, Derek Roy is fighting for a job,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. “… I thought Willy was pretty good. I thought he started out a little slow like the rest of the team, but I thought as the game went on he got much better and he got going. I was really happy for him.”
Wilson played on a checking line with Brooks Laich and Jason Chimera, recording one shot, two hits and one blocked shot in 12:48 of ice time, including 1:06 shorthanded.
His goal came from a nice pass from defenseman Christian Djoos, who found him in the high slot.
“I just finished watching Wardo (Joel Ward) score a lot of his goals from there,” Wilson said. “I’ve got to take a page out of his text book. He’s so good at coming into the zone slow and being patient.
“A lot of (scoring) opportunities pass when I’m skating so fast through seams. Sometimes you’ve got to slow down a little bit and wait for plays to develop and the players are so good at this level that they’ll find you and (Djoos) looked great in his first NHL game and I made it count.”
Roy’s goal came on his second shot of the game following a strong forecheck by Stan Galiev led to a Carolina giveaway. Roy logged 18:12 of ice time, the most of any Caps forward, between Galiev and Jakub Vrana. He also and saw 2:33 on the power play and 1:19 on the penalty kill.
“When you’re fighting for a contract every play counts,” Roy said. “I need help from my linemates as well, but at the end of the day you have to look yourself in the mirror and say, ‘Did I play well enough to make it?’ If I can say yes, then that’s good for me.
“My linemates were a little nervous at the start and I just told them to get their feet moving and Gally almost scored on the backhand,” Roy said. “I think the more we talk the better we’ll play.”
Trotz said he was also impressed with the overall play of defenseman Dmitry Orlov, who led all Caps with 21:36 of ice time, including 58 seconds shorthanded, and four blocked shots, and the goaltending of Braden Holtby (14 saves) and Dan Ellis (16 saves).