Ryan Reaves was ejected from Sport 1 of the Golden Knights’ series-opening recreation in opposition to the Avalanche on Sunday for soiled play within the third interval.
The Las Vegas enforcer, maybe annoyed by his crew’s five-goal deficit to Colorado, cross-checked Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer with 11:56 remaining within the recreation. Grubauer responded by placing the again of Reaves’ leg. Reaves then punched Ryan Graves at the back of the pinnacle and pulled him to the ice. There, Reaves could possibly be seen kneeling on Graves’ head.
Reaves’ actions set off a brawl:
It is doable Reaves was retaliating in opposition to Graves for a excessive hit he made on Vegas heart Mattias Janmark earlier within the recreation, one thing for which Graves was assessed a minor penalty for interference:
Ryan Graves delivers a late and excessive hit on Janmark who’s down and injured. Graves assessed solely a minor penalty for interference.. pic.twitter.com/pIuYkoXUU6
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Reaves was assessed a match penalty for intent to injure and a double minor for roughing. The match penalty means Reaves is topic to a suspension pending overview by the league.
Vegas’ Zach Whitecloud and Alex Pietrangelo and Colorado’s Brandon Saad and Valeri Nichushkin have been every assessed 10-minute misconducts. The Avalanche wound up with a nine-minute energy play after all of the penalties have been handed out.
Reaves’ actions got here one recreation after he checked the Wild’s Ryan Suter within the again throughout Vegas’ Sport 7 win in opposition to the Wild within the opening spherical of the Stanley Cup playoffs. He prevented punishment for the hit, which despatched Suter into the Wild aim face first:
The Avalanche gained Sunday’s assembly 7-1. Sport 2 is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET Wednesday in Denver.