Caps' Alex Ovechkin pulverizes Golden Knights' Thomas Nosek in loss

Carrie Guzman
December 8, 2018

Ryan Reaves #75 of the Vegas Golden Knights taunts Tom Wilson #43 of the Washington Capitals after checking him to the ice at the T-Mobile Arena on December 4, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.

"That was something that he targeted him", Reirden said. "We have a unique group of guys on our team".

The duo have history stretching back to last season's Stanley Cup Final and they had already come together earlier in the game, when Reaves nailed Wilson with a clean check.

In the game against the New Jersey Devils last Friday he was ejected for a big hit but managed to avoid suspension. Chances are, this hit is going to set back any chance of them building a friendly relationship anytime soon.

Reaves was assessed a five-minute major for interference and handed a game misconduct on top of it.

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Sunday's loss ended a seven-game winning streak, but the Caps believe that recent winning run can help them gat back in a groove quickly after Sunday's setback. "But I think, overall, we played a good game and if we keep that momentum and that pace into the next one, it will give us a good outcome". Of all the memories from the team's raucous Stanley Cup celebrations, the champagne- and beer-soaked start in the dressing room right after Washington first got its hands on the trophy with a Game 5 win remains the most meaningful for players. A bit of "Vegas Hangover", maybe? The Knights struggled against Edmonton goalie Mikko Koskinen, who stopped 32 of 33 shots to win his third consecutive game.

Vrana notched his second goal of the game and eighth of the campaign when he one-timed a pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov past a shielded Fleury, who had Vegas defender Nick Holden blocking his view. Needless to say, Twitter reacted exactly as you'd expect - Some Wilson supporters were upset but the rest of the hockey world deemed the hit to be "karma". "Over 82 games, you've got to find some things to get yourself up for, and that was one of them", he said. "If he sees me, I know he's gonna try and lay me out and I'm not gonna let that happen".

The Blackhawks look to halt a 2-game losing-streak. This time, however, a fourth-quarter blowout saw Vegas turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-3 win thanks to a goal each from Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Cody Eakin and two from Nate Schmidt. And, they've been outscored 44-18 in those 11 games.

The Golden Knights announced the move today, making roster space by assigning forward Daniel Carr to the AHL.

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