Wilson scores in return, Caps beat Wild

(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Tom Wilson returned early from his player-safety suspension and scored a first-period goal, helping the Washington Capitals cool off Minnesota with a 5-2 victory on Tuesday night for the Wild's first regulation loss at home.

Dmitry Orlov had his first two goals of the season and an assist, Andre Burakovsky and T.J. Oshie also scored and Pheonix Copley made 26 saves for the Capitals, whose four-game road trip was jump-started in the morning by an arbitrator's reduction of Wilson's 20-game ban by six games to make him immediately eligible again.

Mikko Koivu and Matt Dumba had goals for the Wild, who played at home for the first time in 17 days after a 5-2 finish on their franchise-record seven-game road swing. They fell to 5-1-2 at Xcel Energy Center, becoming the last team in the NHL to lose at home in regulation this season.


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1 C. Sissons, Nsh13
2t T. Barrie, Col12
2t F. Forsberg, Nsh12
2t R. Johansen, Nsh12
5t N. Bonino, Nsh11
5t M. Ekholm, Nsh11
5t G. Landeskog, Col11
5t J. Skinner, Buf11
9t J. Anderson, Cls10
9t B. Dumoulin, Pit10
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1t A. Vasilevskiy, TB9
3t D. Dubnyk, Min8
3t M. Jones, SJ8
5t C. Anderson, Ott7
5t M. Fleury, VGK7
5t C. Hellebuyck, Wpg7
5t J. Markstrom, Van7
5t J. Saros, Nsh7
10t B. Bishop, Dal6
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