By Ian Oland
Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves was ejected during Game Seven for a terrible hit he delivered to Canucks forward Tyler Motte.
Reaves hit Motte in the head with his shoulder and back, knocking the 25-year-old center briefly out of the game.
And it appears likely he will get supplemental discipline from the league.
During the game, officials gave Reaves a five-minute major for an illegal check to the head and a game misconduct.
Ryan Reaves gets a major penalty for this hit on Tyler Motte pic.twitter.com/hQmIgCVe9I
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) September 5, 2020
This was the reaction from the Golden Knights bench.
After a Reaves headshot on Tyler Motte, the #VegasBorn bench:
"Are you fucking kidding me?"
"Completely clean hit!"
"Way to put your head back!"
To Virtanen: "Fucking Patrick Maroon, you're so fucking fat."
Very Golden Knights-y performance as Motte is helped off.
— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) September 5, 2020
Reaves broke his stick as he walked down the tunnel.
Bad look on Reaves. Two tries to break his stick?… pic.twitter.com/buwHJXF56W
— World Hockey Report (@worldhockeyrpt) September 5, 2020
Saturday morning, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced that they would be having a hearing with Reaves, meaning a suspension in the Conference Final is likely coming.
Vegas’ Ryan Reaves will have a hearing today for an Illegal Check to the Head on Vancouver’s Tyler Motte.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) September 5, 2020
This is the second bad hit (at least) Reaves has delivered during the 2020 postseason. He also nailed Nick Schmaltz in the head during the first round.
Screenshot courtesy of Sportsnet
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