Colorado's 9-minute power play reminiscent '09 Caps


When Vegas forward Ryan Reaves exacted revenge on Colorado's Ryan Graves, whose hit to the head against the boards in the second period injured Mattias Janmark, he was ejected with a double minor and a match penalty. 

That resulted in a nine-minute power play for the Avalanche, who at that point were already up 6-1 in their eventual 7-1 drubbing of the Golden Knights in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup Playoffs second-round series. 

A nine-minute power play may quickly take Caps fans back to Dec. 5, 2009. That's when Flyers left winger Daniel Carcillo dropped Washington winger Matt Bradley with a vicious punch after cross-checking him in the back a few times. Carcillo appeared to be frustrated with Bradley's hit and retaliated

Carcillo received five penalties at once for the confrontation: a minor for cross-checking, a minor for instigation, a major for fighting, a 10-minute misconduct, and a game misconduct, all on the same play. He was later suspended for four games. 

Washington took advantage of that nine-minute power play to take a game tied at one to a 4-1 Caps' lead with goals from Tomas Fleischmann, Mike Green and Brooks Laich. The Caps ended up scoring six straight before ultimately winning 8-2.