Ryan Reaves Blows up Tom Wilson

Aubrey Yates
December 8, 2018

Forward Reid Duke (37) listens to instruction during the Vegas Golden Knights' Development Camp at City National Arena in Summerlin Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Big hits, bigger goals, and all around excitement filled the T-Mobile Arena last night as the Golden Knights won a back-and-forth thriller, by a score of 5-3.

The duo have history stretching back to last season's Stanley Cup Final and they had already come together earlier in the game, when Reaves nailed Wilson with a clean check. Some pundits suggested Wilson could hardly complain after getting a taste of his own medicine, while others suggested Reaves' vicious hit was a gratuitous act of thuggery. The Sundqvist hit and Reaves' hit on Wilson, however, is not an apples to apples comparison considering Wilson's head was not the principal point of contact. Let's hope Tom Wilson thinks twice the next time he gets the opportunity to throw a borderline-illegal hit. Reaves simply laughed at Wilson as he approached and again as he fell to the ice, a real embarrassing moment for Wilson. Nicklas Backstrom, Chandler Stephenson, Tom Wilson, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nic Dowd scored the goals for Washington.

Some fans on Twitter went as far as to blame Wilson for the injury, saying if he had his chin strap tightened properly his helmet wouldn't have come off.

The Nosek collision gave Ovechkin 79 hits on the season. He is truly a generational talent, a bonafide goal-scorer.

A few seconds late? Defenseman Tom Wilson lost control of the puck, turning it over near the blue line. Unfortunately, that aggression finally boiled over. This wasn't even the first - or second time - Reaves and Wilson met up on a collision in the contest.

The crowd of those tired with worry about Tom Wilson's antics seems to grow by the week. However, that came after he served a 14-game suspension (reduced after appeal) for an illegal check to the head of Oskar Sundqvist on September 30.

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Usually, Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson is the one dishing out illegal hits around the National Hockey League. It was a strong, risky blindside hit to the unsuspecting Brett Seney. "Obviously they play a quick game and the crowd gets them into it".

Due to Wilson's reputation, the Reaves hit was amplified in the eyes of the officials. A bit of "Vegas Hangover", maybe?

"He just said that because he was hurt, it was an automatic ejection", Reaves said.

I know some will demand that the Department of Player Safety suspend Reaves for this hit. He was ruled out with an "upper-body injury" shortly after and didn't return to the game. Cody Eakin wasted no time capitalizing on that momentum. The Fortress has never been louder than it was following the Eakin go-ahead goal. It was the flawless time for Schmidt's first goal (the eventual game-winner). "We have a unique group of guys on our team". Following the game, Schmidt described the night as "an intense, high speed, high octane game" and he wasn't wrong. Braden Holtby allowed six goals on 25 shots in the defeat. Although before the end of the period Jakub Vrana finished off a lovely feed from Brett Connolly to tie the game up at one During that period the face-off battle was swinging heavily in Vegas' favor, they were 73 percent in the face-off circle compared to the Caps 23 percent.

The Capitals, meanwhile, remained top of the Metropolitan Division with 33 points, despite losing their second game in a row.

Vegas' next game is on Thursday, at home, versus the Chicago Blackhawks. The Golden Knights will be looking for much of the same this time around, to start another win streak, after their five-gamer ended on Saturday in Edmonton.

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