Schmidt scores twice as Knights beat Capitals 5-3

Who knows anymore?’ Capitals unclear on what NHL considers a legal hit

Who knows anymore?’ Capitals unclear on what NHL considers a legal hit

Vrana tied the game late in the period, and Ovechkin threaded a backhand from a sharp angle for his 20th goal and a 2-1 lead during the second period.

Visiting dressing rooms tend to be stale - home teams don't exactly want their opponent to feel too comfortable there - but the Capitals were excited to get back in T-Mobile Arena's ahead of their game there on Tuesday night.

Schmidt burst through the neutral zone and beat goalie Braden Holtby with a tiebreaking wrist shot with 1:24 left for his first goal of the season.

Anticipation surrounded the meeting of oft-suspended Capital forward Tom Wilson and Vegas tough guy, Ryan Reaves. After trading shots and verbal jabs throughout the first two periods, Reaves leveled Wilson, who was helped from the ice. When you play on the edge and go after opposition players like Wilson does, eventually, they're going to get you back. "So now we know we have to focus on the game we're going to play and not worry about what happened in the past".

Thus far in 2018-19, the Karlsson line has accumulated 23 goals while all three of its members are skating over 19 minutes a night.

Jakub Vrana had two goals and Alex Ovechkin scored for Washington. He would receive a 5 minute major and a game misconduct served by Daniel Carr.

"That was a man's game out there".

Washington coach Todd Reirden said Wilson would be re-evaluated Wednesday. Probably. But this hit wasn't anything we haven't seen from Tom Wilson in the past. Holtby said the blessing in disguise of that jarring loss, which snapped a seven-game win streak, is that it forces the team to remember the task at hand rather than get wrapped up in the past. "I guess you could say it's a little funky just thinking about what was happening in here the last time we were walking through here". "But I think, overall, we played a good game and if we keep that momentum and that pace into the next one, it will give us a good outcome".

Usually, Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson is the one dishing out illegal hits around the National Hockey League. Wilson's helmet came off and he appeared to hit his bare head on the ice. This wasn't even the first - or second time - Reaves and Wilson met up on a collision in the contest.

"You can put two and two together but he targeted him the entire game".

As a result of Reaves' ejection, the Golden Knights were forced to kill a five-minute penalty that stretched from the end of the second period to the start of the third.

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