Evander Kane Zings rival Ryan Reaves on dirty game in Golden Knights vs Avalanche series
Golden Knights winger Ryan Reaves isn’t known to be much more than a heavy hitter.
And Sharks forward Evander Kane reminds him after his last incident on the ice.
Reaves was given a match penalty for his aggressive withdrawal from Ryan Graves after the whistle in Game 1 of the Golden Knights vs. Avalanche series. Play will be reviewed by the NHL, as will all game penalties, and Reaves is probably facing a suspension.
Ryan Reaves was assessed a game penalty, not a foul, for his actions in that scrum in front of Colorado’s net. Cross-checks Grubauer to the back of the head, then throws Graves. pic.twitter.com/y0h5LPgVH2
– NHL Safety Watch (@NHLSafetyWatch) May 31, 2021
Kane took to Twitter to discuss sanctioning Reaves for his actions.
His suggestion? More ice time for the big bodied attacker.
Instead of a suspension, they should have to play it 20 minutes per night for the rest of the series 😂
– Evander Kane (@ evanderkane_9) May 31, 2021
That virtual punch from Kane was pretty strong.
Reaves averaged just 9:56 ice time per game and only amassed five total points (one goal, four assists) per year. After scoring nine goals in 2018-19 and eight goals in 2019-20, Reaves’ touch in goal was gone, so he had to rely exclusively on his ability to hit hard (4.1 hits per game over the three recent seasons) to provide on-ice value for the Golden Knights.
But obviously Kane’s comments indicate that he doesn’t think Reaves brings much value either way.
Reaves has already been suspended by the NHL, so he should be slapped with a longer suspension for his shot this time because he’s a repeat offender. And Colorado weren’t surprised that he lashed out at one of their players at this early stage in the series, with the Golden Knights losing big.
“Responds, his mission is to go over there and hurt someone in the third,” said Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog. “That’s what he does.”
But if the NHL hurts him, Reaves might not do it again during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.