Capitals Come Out on the Short End in Vegas

Inside the Golden Knights’ locker room after Ryan Reaves’ hit on Tom Wilson

Visiting dressing rooms tend to be stale - home teams don't exactly want their opponent to feel too comfortable there - but the Capitals were excited to get back in T-Mobile Arena's ahead of their game there on Tuesday night. 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. After trading shots and verbal jabs throughout the first two periods, Reaves leveled Wilson, who was helped from the ice.

The game was tied at 1-1 just a few minutes into the bridge frame when the Capitals had the puck in transition. "Obviously they play a quick game and the crowd gets them into it". Holtby also stopped 23 shots.

Soon after the Reaves-Wilson meeting, Washington evened the score with a goal from Jakub Vrana, assisted by Brett Connoly at 15:33 of the first period.

Reaves was assessed a five-minute major for interference and given a game misconduct.

"That was a man's game out there". You could hear it on every face-off, you could hear the things that were being said and it's a blindside hit where an unsuspecting player hits his head on the ice. "If he sees me, I know he's gonna try and lay me out and I'm not gonna let that happen".

"That was something that he targeted him", Reirden said. "We were kind of forced to do that with a couple of injuries in different places, and I think that taught us to play a more complete game, especially defensively". In the Capitals' game last Friday against the New Jersey Devils, Wilson took a run at a Devils player, similar to the Reaves hit on him. "I thought it was shoulder to shoulder and I didn't think it was that late", he said.

Asked post-game about how it all went down, Reaves said it was simply par for the course given the two clubs' history. Wilson also earned two suspensions in 2017 (two pre-season games and, later, four regular season games) for unsafe hits on Robert Thomas and Samuel Blais. "That's disappointing. You can put two and two together but he targeted him the entire game".

Still a lot of hate between these two teams and it's safe to say that Reaves and Wilson haven't seen the last of each other.

The win saw the Golden Knights improve their record to 15-13-1 and move up to 31 points, joint-third in the Pacific Division alongside the San Jose Sharks. Vegas killed all four of Washington's power-play opportunities.

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