Just past the halfway mark in the first period, Penguins goon Ryan Reaves laid a check on Caps forward Liam O’Brien that The Big Tuna didn’t like.
What followed was a couragous decision by O’Brien.
O’Brien had just pushed the puck along when Reaves found him by the Capitals bench. As O’Brien turned away from Reaves, the Penguins forward hit O’Brien, who awkwardly fell toward the boards.
After the hit, O’Brien was angry. He followed Reaves, asking for a fight. Reaves agreed, and O’Brien would almost immediately regret his decision.
The pair circled, looking for an opportunity. When the two locked together, Reaves quickly gained an advantage, landing four solid rights and knocking down O’Brien.
As the referees separated Reaves and O’Brien, Reaves gestured and shouted toward the Capitals bench, ostensibly toward Capitals heavyweight Tom Wilson.
Wilson and Reaves have fought twice before.
November 7, 2013
November 15, 2014
Reaves appears to want number three.
Asking for a fight with Tom Wilson is asking for trouble. We’ll see if Wilson gives Reaves what he wants.
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