Ryan Reaves scored arguably the most significant goal in the Vegas Golden Knights’ 6-4 win over the Washington Capitals on Monday night.
With the Golden Knights conceding a goal just over a minute into the third period, Reaves answered 1:31 later to put Vegas right back in the game. But as Reaves looked for his teammates to celebrate, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz was looking towards the officials for a penalty call on the Golden Knights’ forward.
Reaves, while battling Capitals defenseman John Carlson for position in front of the net, crosschecked Carlson in the back. Carlson fell to the ice, which opened up the necessary space for Reaves to roof the shot past Braden Holtby. Carlson voiced his displeasure with officials while he headed back to the Capitals bench. The officiating crew led by Wes McCauley and Marc Joannette failed to see Reaves’ infraction on the play.
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“I didn’t like their fourth goal,” Trotz told reporters following the game. “I thought we were going on the power play there.”
Instead of a power play, the Capitals were forced to live with the on-ice decision of the goal. Washington surrendered two goals following Reaves’ tally and now trail 1-0 in the best-of-seven series.
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NBC Sports analyst Mike Milbury was less reserved about decision to put the whistles away in the game.
“It’s just unforgiveable,” Milbury said. “You got two officials, one you can see right there, make the call. You have to make the call. It’s the turning point of the game … but this is just not right.”
Reaves’ tally extended his scoring streak to two games, as the Golden Knights head into Game 2 with the substantial advantage.
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