Dec 4, 2018
Washington - Las Vegas3-5 

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1  14:04  Hit  Wilson-Reaves
2  22:42  Hit  Ovechkin-Nosek
3  22:52  Hit  Wilson-Carr
4  35:39  Cheap Shot  Wilson-Reaves

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 Tom Wilson  (Victim) 6'4'' 3218lb 7N/A
 Ryan Reaves  (Aggressor) 6'1'' 3225lb 7
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Dec 5 13:51 ET
Reaves takes out Wilson with what looks like a solid clean open ice hit. Then as Reaves skates down the boards Ovechkin tries to lay a hit on Reaves but he's braced for it and the Caps forward just bounced off him. Then Wilson comes over and tries the same only again Reaves is ready and Wilson bounces then trips up and hits the ice which was slightly humiliating as Reaves is all smiles.

Reaves is one strong hombre. It'd have been good if he dropped the gloves with Wilson here but alas twas not to be.
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Dec 5 08:12 ET
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Dec 5 02:36 ET
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Hit at 22:42
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 Alex Ovechkin  (Aggressor) 6'2''  238lb 28N/A
 Tomas Nosek  (Victim) 6'2''  210lb 28
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Dec 5 09:44 ET
Alex Ovechkin plays the puck through the neutral zone and Wilson picks it up and tries to clear it into the Vegas end but Nate Schmidt is there to glove it down and he redirects it to Tomas Nosek who has no clue the freight train is bearing down on him and that is Ovechkin who just absolutely smokes him with a thunderous hit at the blue line knocking his stick out of his hands in the process. This was a clean hit and Alex plays a big physical game, he is a big guy and when he gets you like this you certainly are going to feel it. Dirty 
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Dec 5 04:01 ET
Ovechkin destroys Nosek with a monster bodycheck on blueline. Dirty 
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Dec 5 09:22 ET
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 Tom Wilson  (Aggressor) 6'4'' 4218lb 33N/A
 Daniel Carr  (Victim) 6'0'' 4185lb 33
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Dec 5 04:03 ET
Wilson decked Carr with a clean hit near the corner. Dirty 
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Cheap Shot at 35:39
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 Tom Wilson  (Victim) 6'4'' 3218lb 7N/A
 Ryan Reaves  (Aggressor) 6'1'' 3225lb 7
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Dec 10 01:49 ET
It is the second and final game of the season between the Washington Capitals and the Las Vegas Golden Knights, the two teams who met in the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals. Both teams carry a tough, physical right winger on their roster. Vegas has Ryan Reaves who is regarded as one of the top fighters in the NHL while the Caps have Tom Wilson who gained notoriety for his contributions to Washington winning their first championship with his physical play and big body checks. Wilson missed the first meeting against Vegas as he was still serving a suspension for his cheap hit in the preseason. Given that both men are two of the most physical and tougher men in the league, you would expect them to be a factor in this game.

Sure enough, the two tough individuals meet up in the 1st period. Reaves had thrown a hit at Washington's top star Alexander Ovechkin. Wilson zooms over to address it, only to get put on his can by Reaves who saw him coming. Now in the 2nd period, these two meet up again. The play is in the Washington zone. Ovechkin sends the puck up to Wilson who isn't far from the blueline. Wilson catches the puck and sends it up out of the zone toward a teammate. However, Reaves has Wilson in his sights and has him lined up. Reaves would have the opportunity to deliver a thundering bodycheck and he would capitalize on that.

As Wilson clears the puck, he turns back to watch his pass. Reaves lines Wilson up as he gets the puck. After the puck leaves Wilson's stick, Reaves comes in and lays Wilson out. He delivers a stiff shoulder check to Wilson's shoulder, blasting the big Capital forward off his feet. Wilson's helmet flies off and he goes face down, his head bouncing off the ice. Wilson stayed down as he covered up and did not move. This indicates that Wilson was seriously banged up. Wilson could not get off the ice under his own power. He had to be assisted to the locker room with a teammate and the trainer under each arm. Reaves received a 5 minute major for interference and he was ejected from the game. The Washington player ended up suffering a concussion. Incidentally, Reaves was not suspended for this hit despite his ejection. I don't believe he should have been suspended yet I do find it ironic because if it was the other way around and it was Wilson throwing the hit, you can bet he would have gotten suspended. This is typical, hypocritical nonsense from the NHL

As for the hit itself, this was NOT dirty. Wilson was caught admiring his pass when he should have been looking forward. Reaves had him lined up before Wilson had sent the puck away. Some have said that it was a late hit (which probably earned Reaves the major penalty for interference). However, the video shows that the hit took place within half a second to a second after the puck left Wilson's stick. It's easy to call it a late hit but this happened within a second (hockey is a fast paced game after all). To summarize: Reaves lined up Wilson and hit him immediately one second after Wilson cleared the puck. He did not target the head and hit him shoulder to shoulder. That is a clean hit, not a cheap shot. Unfortunately, Wilson got injured as his helmet flew off from the sheer impact of the collision which led to his head banging off the ice. Be that as it may, that does not make the hit dirty.

Wilson is a polarizing figure. He has draw criticism for dishing out some dirty cheap shots and cheap hits. Some of the criticism is justified, some of it is not. For instance, I don't believe Wilson's hit on Zach Aston-Reese in the playoffs last year was dirty. On the other hand, Wilson delivered a late hit to Jonathan Marchessault of Las Vegas in the Finals which was undoubtedly dirty. In the 2018 preseason, Wilson received a 20 game suspension (later reduced to 14 games) for a brutal, predatory hit on Oskar Sundqvist. Personally, I like Wilson. He is an individual who plays hard every shift, throws the body around, and will drop the gloves frequently. Players like that are nearly extinct in the NHL. Nevertheless, Wilson has developed a reputation for being a dirty player and in part, he has earned that. He needs to learn how to play the game on the edge and still be physical without crossing the line.

With this particular incident, Wilson was on the receiving end of a major hit which left him concussed. Now the shoe was on the other foot as the Capital player got a taste of his own medicine and he got to experience what many of his victims felt when they were laid out. Jesus of Nazareth famously said to the Apostle Peter "Those who live by the sword die by the sword". That has frequently been true in the game of hockey. There have been many instances throughout NHL history where dirty players got their comeuppance.

Ed Hospodar was brutally knocked out by Clark Gillies who broke his face and knocked out several of his teeth. He was also send face first to the ice by a cross check from Peter Stastny after some dirty stick work by Hospodar on the other two Stastny brothers. Very few people felt sorry for Hospodar when he was on the receiving end of such brutal punishment. Hospodar was known to be an incredibly dirty player who had a penchant for using his stick and elbowing opponents in the face. He got a taste of his own medicine at the hands of Stastny and I doubt many of his opponents cared too much when Gillies destroyed him.

Matt Cooke was infamous for being one of the worst cheap shot artists in NHL history. Many players had to be carted off the ice on a stretcher after being on the receiving end of one of his dirty plays. Therefore, hockey fans everywhere rejoiced when Cooke suffered a knockout at the hands of teenager Evander Kane. In the aftermath, it was Cooke who now required a stretcher. Claude Lemieux and Ulf Samuelsson were both famously suckered by tough guys Darren McCarty and Tie Domi but they were so incredibly dirty, that most fans felt they had it coming (and they certainly did).

Much like those men in the past, Tom Wilson will likely get very little sympathy from people in hockey circles. The general consensus is that he is a dirty player who consistently delivers cheap shots. I think that is a tad overblown, but not entirely inaccurate either. Wilson plays the game on the edge but he has delivered his fair share of questionable hits over the past few seasons. Therefore, many feel that this big hit was well deserved and that Wilson got a taste of his own medicine. If you play an extremely physical game and make a habit of laying guys out, you better be prepared to take some punishment yourself. Don't dish it out if you can't take it. Wilson got caught admiring his pass here and Reaves made him pay for it in the form of a major check. You can bet if the roles were reversed, Wilson would have done the same thing.
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 supersonic
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Dec 5 07:36 ET
Hard hitting affair between the Capitals and the Golden Knights and we kind of saw this one coming, Tom Wilson gets caught by Ryan Reaves with hard body contact that sends Wilson's helmet flying and causes him to hit face first into the ice, we all know Tom Wilson for being on the opposite end of this type of stuff so seeing him get decked was indeed the Karma train coming through. I don't consider this the dirtiest play ever but Reaves hit a man without the puck and injuring him in the process so it was just over borderline in my eyes. Wilson can produce points on a regular basis but has such a big target on him that this was bound to happen. Dirty 
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Animal
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Dec 5 01:04 ET
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Silppuri
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Dec 5 01:52 ET
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Amatthews
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Dec 5 09:49 ET
Karma catches up to Wilson as he is finally on the receiving end of a controversial hit Dirty 
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BostonBruin8
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Dec 5 12:29 ET
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EC
Dec 5 00:48 ET
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Dropthegloves55
Dec 5 00:56 ET
Karma!Reply
6025
Dec 5 01:24 ET
Did Reaves get a 5 minute major for interference and tossed ? Wtf?Reply
Animal
Dec 5 01:27 ET (later updated)
True enforcement at its best. Probably Reaves had asked Wilson to fight and who refused. Next step was this. Reaves made his point audible loud and clear across the league.Reply
ProbertSchultz
Dec 5 01:39 ET
What is that old saying. Live by the sword, die by the swordReply
soreltracy
Dec 5 08:13 ET
I predict a 1 game suspension maximumReply
ProbertSchultz
Dec 5 10:15 ET
Reeves should get a bonus. I bet Wilson will think before he throws another huge hit. Damn a player policing on the Ice. Good for Reeves.Reply
6025
Dec 5 17:37 ET
Looks like he's avoided a suspension. Result.Reply
chrisY2J
Dec 9 21:52 ET
EC, that is another excellent review.Reply
EC
Dec 10 01:33 ET
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EC, that is another excellent review.
Thanks Chris. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!
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chrisY2J
Dec 10 09:42 ET
Back at you, sir!Reply

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