Capitals winger Tom Wilson leaves game after big hit

Annette Crawford
December 8, 2018

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.

That's likely not a decision that sat well with Capitals coach Todd Reirden, who seemed rather angry about the whole ordeal after Tuesday's contest. "We have a unique group of guys on our team".

Vegas' Nate Schmidt has acknowledged that there are times that playing hockey is not fun, including losing to the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Finals. Chances are, this hit is going to set back any chance of them building a friendly relationship anytime soon.

Reaves got a five-minute major penalty for interference, while Wilson received aid from a trainer before leaving the ice and was ruled out for the remainder of the game a short time later. 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. Probably. But this hit wasn't anything we haven't seen from Tom Wilson in the past. "I think this is a cool place to win the Cup in". George Parros, head of the league's department of player safety, checked in with Wilson in June and August to discuss questionable post-season hits by Wilson on Jonathan Marchessault, Alexander Wennberg and Brian Dumoulin. A bit of "Vegas Hangover", maybe? 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. But Vegas is actually getting more production from its second unit, a newly cobbled threesome of Max Pacioretty, Cody Eakin and Alex Tuch. Vegas had the edge in shots on goal (28 to 26) and also won the faceoff battle (59% success rate). However, I'm not sure that many can side with Reirden based on Tuesday's hit, and Wilson's history.

Back at even strength, Vegas tied the game on a Pierre-Edouard Bellemare tip out front. And, they've been outscored 44-18 in those 11 games.

The Golden Knights winger made clear he didn't see the error in his decision, saying he didn't believe the hit was worth the game misconduct he was handed.

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.

The Golden Knights are 0-5 in the last five meetings.

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