Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves was ejected from Tuesday’s game for a late hit to Tom Wilson, but he will not face any supplemental discipline from the league for that hit.
The Washington Post's Isabelle Khurshudyan was the first to report the news.
In the second period of Tuesday’s game, Reaves delivered a late shoulder hit to Wilson whose head was turned to face the puck. The hit caught Wilson off-guard and knocked him down causing his head to hit the ice violently. He had to be helped off the ice and did not return.
Reaves was issued a five-minute major and a game misconduct for interference, but that will be the extent of the punishment he receives.
The news will have Caps fans crying foul after seeing Wilson handed a lengthy 14-game suspension (knocked down from 20) for a hit he delivered to St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist in the preseason. The Sundqvist hit and Reaves’ hit on Wilson, however, is not an apples to apples comparison considering Wilson’s head was not the principal point of contact. Reaves’ hit was late – though only slightly by the NHL’s standards – and looked worse than it was due to the fact that Wilson was an unsuspecting target.
A more accurate comparison to Tuesday’s hit would be the one Wilson delivered to New Jersey Devils forward Brett Seney on Friday.
Both hits were late, they did not contact the head and came against unsuspecting players. Wilson was also ejected for the hit to Seney but did not receive any further discipline.
Wilson was declared out for the remainder of Tuesday’s game with an upper-body injury. Todd Reirden said after the game he would be reevaluated on Wednesday. As Wednesday is a day off for the team, however, there have been no further updates on the Caps’ forward or on his availability for Thursday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes.
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