Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Capitals Tom Wilson Taken Out By Former Penguin Ryan Reaves

Ryan Reaves Blows up Tom Wilson Ryan Reaves Blows up Tom Wilson
Kristopher Love | 08 December, 2018, 07:59

While the Capitals arrived in Las Vegas atop the Metropolitan Division standings after winning eight of their past 10 games, the long flight was tinged with some disappointment after the team squandered a four-goal lead in the second period to fall to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday afternoon. William Karlsson scored the lone goal for the Golden Knights of the unassisted variety to tie it at 1-1 in the second period before the Oilers found the game-winner in the third. Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves on 34 shots to take the loss.

Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves will not face supplementary discipline for the hit that knocked Washington's oft-suspended Tom Wilson from the game Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

The two physical forces did have a number of exchanges prior to the second period hit which left Wilson shaken and out for the rest of the game.

Washington took the lead with their second goal just past the midway point of the game, as Ovechkin netted his 20th goal of the season. Captain Alex Ovechkin echoed that: "Of course when you coming back, you're going to have memories, you're going to have smile on your face, but as soon as the game starts, it's a different day". They knew Reaves wanted a piece of Wilson and the two were going at one another all night.

Thus far in 2018-19, the Karlsson line has accumulated 23 goals while all three of its members are skating over 19 minutes a night. Jakub Vrana tied it for Washington about 13 minutes later.

"That was a man's game out there", Reaves told reporters following Vegas's 5-3 win.

"They play a fast game, especially in this building", says Reirden of the Knights.

"I think we all seen the hit and video, it's a clean hit, there's nothing wrong with the hit". Holtby said the blessing in disguise of that jarring loss, which snapped a seven-game win streak, is that it forces the team to remember the task at hand rather than get wrapped up in the past. I guess we will just have to see what happens.

Both hits were late, they did not contact the head and came against unsuspecting players. "I think this is a cool place to win the Cup in". This wasn't even the first - or second time - Reaves and Wilson met up on a collision in the contest. "That's disappointing. You can put two and two together but he targeted him the entire game". The Golden Knights rank well in shots allowed (#1), penalty kill percentage (#3) and power play goals against (#3).