Capitals coach calls out Ryan Reaves for ‘vicious’ hit on Wilson
Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz called out Ryan Reaves for his “vicious” hit on Tom Wilson in the second period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday night.
Midway through the second, Reaves saw Wilson in the crease and delivered a shot to his face, knocking the winger to the ice.
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Reaves received a penalty for roughing after the hit.
Trotz was asked about the play during an interview with NBC Sports in the second period and did not mince words.
“I thought it was pretty intentional; he went right at him,” Trotz said. “Tommy (Wilson) brings a lot of attention to himself, but so does Reaves. That was pretty vicious.”
The Golden Knights probably felt they owed Wilson one after his hit on Jonathan Marchessault in Game 1.