Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves was ejected from Tuesday’s game against the Washington Capitals after a late hit on Tom Wilson.
The blindside hit occurred late in the second period, and sent Wilson’s helmet flying. He did not have the puck at the time of the play, and was in a vulnerable position as he was turned away from Reaves and clearly did not see the Golden Knight coming. Wilson, who appeared to be shaken up on the play, stayed down on the ice before being helped off by teammates. The team officially ruled him out for the remainder of the game.
Reaves was issued a five-minute major penalty for interference, and was ejected.
Reaves and Wilson had been battling all game, with the pair getting into a scuffle in the first period after Reaves knocked Wilson down twice in the same shift.
Though the main point of contact was not the head, Reaves’ hit was late which means he could be getting a phone call from the NHL’s player safety department.