Ryan Reaves blindsides Tom Wilson in Vegas

Now, I’m not going to sit here and preach how much we dislike Ryan Reaves or how dirty the hit was on Tom Wilson. I am going to give my honest analysis of the hit, the disciplinary action given, and my final thoughts.

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Last night in Las Vegas, Reaves was ejected from the game for an open-ice, blind-side hit on Wilson that left him on the ice and forced him to leave the game. Some Golden Knights fans rejoiced that Reaves had slain the Caps’ tough guy, then expressed their anger once he was ejected. Many Caps fans (including myself) immediately pointed the finger calling it a dirty hit, then expressed their concern for Wilson who did not return that night.

Let’s analyze the hit. First off, the hit was a shoulder-to-shoulder hit and just barely within the given time of puck release to not count as interference. Yes, Wilson was unaware that Reaves had him locked in. From release of the puck for a breakout pass to the contact with Reaves was 0.6 seconds, according to expert analysis Alan May of NBC Sports Washington Capitals Intermission Report. The window of finishing your check after release is 0.7 seconds, which leaves a 0.1 second buffer. Close in numbers, but legal.

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The main point of injury to Wilson was not the initial contact from Reaves. The hit did jar his helmet off, making his bare head vulnerable. The main point of injury came from Wilson bouncing his head off the ice after contact. Very scary given who hit him and how he bounced off the ice. He was helped off and did not return to the game, obvious concussion protocol.

Reaves was given a 5-minute game misconduct and a game ejection for the hit following the injury. At first sight, like I’m sure many of you were the same, I wanted Reaves crucified by the Department of Player Safety (DoPS) with a hefty suspension. After reviewing the hit myself a few times and hearing the experts analyze it, I do believe it was not suspension worthy. DoPS thought the same and did not issue any disciplinary action for number 75 of the Vegas Golden Knights.

DoPS made the right call. As much as I dislike the blind-side hit, I don’t believe it’s suspension worthy. An unfortunate break for Tom and prayers go out to him for a speedy recovery.

Nicklas Backstrom Passes Peter Bondra for Franchise Points Mark in Capitals 4-1 Win Over Trotz’s Islanders

michael banner 2The Washington Capitals are on fire and teams are having trouble extinguishing them. Their latest victim was the New York Islanders, whom the Capitals dominated in a 4-1 win several hours after players reunited with their former coach Barry Trotz and presented him with his well-earned, well-deserved Stanley Cup ring.
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Reunited and it Feels So Good: Ovi and Stanley

Monday night was one heck of a special historical night for the Capitals organization.

The Stanley Cup was presented to the Caps with their names newly embossed on it for future generations to observe their great victory.

And in true Alex Ovechkin style, he just couldn’t let go of his shiny friend- holding hands while watching videos of the phenomenal season.

The championship rings were presented and we don’t think there was a dry eye on the room or on social media as fans celebrated with them!

It was especially moving to see and Ted Leonsis and Ovi moment. They waited a long time for this.

As Nastya Ovechkina said: “So Beautiful.” All the ladies had some bling to take home.

We love that TJ Oshie’s Lyla decides she was keep it for herself!!

The wives and girlfriends were there too. They are just as much a part of this victory, giving up family time to let their husbands live out their dreams.

We couldn’t be happier or prouder of this team!! Rock on boys and girls and babes!

Photos from player, wives, and Caps IG postings.

Alex Ovechkin is Back, Setting Good Examples for Prospects at Camp Nemo

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More Washington Capitals players have trickled into the DMV to gear up for the season and a chance to defend Lord Stanley’s Cup. No seriously, the keg stands are stopping and they’re getting back to business. A lot prospects took to the ice early on during Wednesday morning’s unofficial practice and were soon joined in by the vets including team captain Alex Ovechkin.

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