Capitals visit Golden Knights in Stanley Cup rematch

Inside the Golden Knights’ locker room after Ryan Reaves’ hit on Tom Wilson

Inside the Golden Knights’ locker room after Ryan Reaves’ hit on Tom Wilson

No, not the one between the two Stanley Cup Finalists from last season.

The 24-year-old did hobbled off to the locker room with the help of a trainer and did not return in the second period, before the Capitals ruled him out for the remainder of the game. He has been on the NHL's radar recently after the league handed him a 20 game suspension at the beginning of the season. Having already landed multiple controversial hits, Wilson has moved the needle multiple times already.

Wilson was involved in a controversial hit last week after he laid a blindside hit of his own on New Jersey Devils forward Brett Seney. It was a great tip by Bellemare and his celebration certainly showed it. Washington had been in control to that point and once the goal light lit, the roof came off of the T-Mobile Arena.

Usually, Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson is the one dishing out illegal hits around the National Hockey League.

With 4:18 remaining in the period, Ryan Reaves delivered a monstrous hit on Tom Wilson with knocked Wilson out of the game with an upper body injury after hitting his forehead on the ice following the hit. Cody Eakin wasted no time capitalizing on that momentum.

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With Nate Schmidt back in the Vegas lineup after an early season suspension, the Knights' defense is at full strength now, too. During it all, Washington took the lead back. Alex DeBrincat took three shots and scored one goal in 14:29 minutes.

With 1:25 left in the third period and their four-minute power play coming to an end, some sweet revenge was served to the Capitals. It was the ideal time for Schmidt's first goal (the eventual game-winner). Following the game, Schmidt described the night as "an intense, high speed, high octane game" and he wasn't wrong. The former Capital added an empty-netter moments later. Teams are 1-8-2 in their next game after playing in Las Vegas. The Knights struggled against Edmonton goalie Mikko Koskinen, who stopped 32 of 33 shots to win his third consecutive game. Although before the end of the period Jakub Vrana finished off a attractive feed from Brett Connolly to tie the game up at one During that period the face-off battle was swinging heavily in Vegas' favor, they were 73 percent in the face-off circle compared to the Caps 23 percent. Washington slips to 15-9-3, but remains at the top of the Metropolitan Division.

Washington lost 6-5 Sunday at home versus Anaheim as its seven-game winning streak came to a halt.

Vegas' next game is on Thursday, at home, versus the Chicago Blackhawks.

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