Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves was ejected from Tuesday’s game against the Washington Capitals after a late hit on Tom Wilson. That's Karma with a capital K for the Capitals forward.
The blindside hit took place late in the second period, and sent Wilson’s helmet flying off his head. The Capitals controversial player did not have the puck at the time of the play, and was in a vulnerable position as he was turned away from Reaves and clearly did not see the Golden Knights enforcer coming his way. Wilson appeared to be shaken up on the play and stayed down on the ice before being helped off by teammates. He did not return to the game.
You can see the entire sequence of events in the video above, atop this article.
Reaves was issued a five-minute major penalty for interference, and was ejected from the contest. On Wednesday morning, NHL insider Bob McKenzie of TSN revealed that "Ryan Reaves’ hit on Tom Wilson last night, which resulted in a major penalty/game misconduct for interference and also knocked Wilson out of the game with injury, will not result in any supplementary discipline by the NHL."
The two players had been battling with one another all game long. Reaves laid Wilson out twice in the span of eight-seconds while proceeding to laugh directly in his face during the first period of the physical game.
We can imagine Wilson will want to get some type of revenge, especially now that the NHL Department of Player Safety will not defend him. Since the beginning of the 2017-18 preseason, Wilson has earned himself four suspensions, and has escaped unscathed a few times. It seems like there was a little payback in Reaves' actions on Tuesday night.
It feels like this is the right call from the NHL seeing that Wilson finally got to taste his own medicine...