Reaves and Washington's oft-suspended Tom Wilson renewed their fierce rivalry, with several brutal hits that ignited the crowd, including a vicious shoulder-to-shoulder connection that ended Wilson's night in the second period.
Coach Todd Reirden said he was "already selling that message with our group". He scored the goal on his former team, the same guys that beat Vegas for the Stanley Cup last season. The Sundqvist hit and Reaves' hit on Wilson, however, is not an apples to apples comparison considering Wilson's head was not the principal point of contact. They knew Reaves wanted a piece of Wilson and the two were going at one another all night.
The Anaheim Ducks scored five unanswered goals in the last 26 minutes of the game to beat Washington 6-5 on Sunday, dealing the Capitals their first loss since November 14. Probably. But this hit wasn't anything we haven't seen from Tom Wilson in the past. "I thought it was shoulder to shoulder and I didn't think it was that late", he said. 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. Maybe. At the time, Vegas coach Gerard Gallant and Vegas fans alike were up in arms over the call.
But the Golden Knights dominated down the stretch. Cody Eakin wasted no time capitalizing on that momentum.
Thus far in 2018-19, the Karlsson line has accumulated 23 goals while all three of its members are skating over 19 minutes a night. "Over 82 games, you've got to find some things to get yourself up for, and that was one of them", he said.
"Getting four points out of six is OK, but we wanted this game and we were close", goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
With Nate Schmidt back in the Vegas lineup after an early season suspension, the Knights' defense is at full strength now, too. "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".
In The Nets - Holtby was in the midst of a five-game personal winning streak before Sunday's loss to the Ducks, so he will be looking to rebound on Tuesday. Wilson left the game and did not return (Concussion protocol).
Vrana tied the game late in the period, and Ovechkin threaded a backhand from a sharp angle for his 20th goal and a 2-1 lead during the second period.
The Golden Knights announced the move today, making roster space by assigning forward Daniel Carr to the AHL.