Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Capitals' Wilson helped off ice after late hit from Golden Knights' Reaves

Capitals' Wilson helped off ice after late hit from Golden Knights' Reaves

Tuesday night in Vegas, Wilson wound up on the other side of the drama, though, as the Golden Knights saw their own resident 225-pounder take Wilson out of the game with a blindside hit late in the second period - resulting in an injury to the Capitals' winger and an ejection for Vegas's Ryan Reaves. "We have a unique group of guys on our team". The Caps lost the first two games they played at T-Mobile before winning Games 2 and 5 of the Stanley Cup Final here last spring. After the game, Reaves argued that he should not have been ejected for the hit. They knew Reaves wanted a piece of Wilson and the two were going at one another all night. The Knights are not the same team as then due to their confidence with the recent five-game winning streak.

"I think we all seen the hit and video, it's a clean hit, there's nothing wrong with the hit", he said. "I thought it was shoulder to shoulder and I didn't think it was that late". "It's a tough building to play in, so we've got to be sharp for 60 minutes". Maybe. At the time, Vegas coach Gerard Gallant and Vegas fans alike were up in arms over the call.

The Golden Knights are a middle-of-the-pack Western Conference team at 14-13-1. Vegas had the edge in shots on goal (28 to 26) and also won the faceoff battle (59% success rate). Cody Eakin wasted no time capitalizing on that momentum. Captain Alex Ovechkin echoed that: "Of course when you coming back, you're going to have memories, you're going to have smile on your face, but as soon as the game starts, it's a different day". The Fortress has never been louder than it was following the Eakin go-ahead goal.

"That's on our leadership and our staff to get ourselves ready after a long flight", Reirden said Sunday. They are not taking opponents by surprise the way they did in their inaugural year, nor are visitors talking about the so-called "Vegas Flu" this time around.

Back at even strength, Vegas tied the game on a Pierre-Edouard Bellemare tip out front. "I guess you could say it's a little funky just thinking about what was happening in here the last time we were walking through here".

Wilson was declared out for the remainder of Tuesday's game with an upper-body injury.

The Vegas Flu was a theory that teams who stayed the night in Las Vegas before playing the Golden Knights would go on to lose - and often look lackluster in doing so.

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

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