Golden Knights’ Ryan Reaves facing suspension for intent to injure Avalanche’s Ryan Graves

Golden Knights’ Ryan Reaves facing suspension for intent to injure Avalanche’s Ryan Graves

Ryan Reaves was sent off from Game 1 of the Golden Knights’ opener against the Avalanche on Sunday for dirty play in the third period.

The Las Vegas goaltender, perhaps frustrated with his team’s five-goal deficit against Colorado, cross-checked Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer with 11:56 to go. Grubauer responded by slapping the back of Reaves’ leg. Reaves then hit Ryan Graves in the back of the head and pulled him onto the ice. There, Reaves could be seen kneeling on Graves’ head.

Reaves’ actions start a brawl:

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It’s possible Reaves fought back against Graves for a free kick he delivered to Vegas center Mattias Janmark earlier in the game, for which Graves was given a minor interference penalty:

Reacts has been assessed a match penalty, a five-minute major for intent to injure and a double minor for brutality. The game penalty means Reaves is suspended pending review by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

Zach Whitecloud and Alex Pietrangelo of Vegas and Brandon Saad and Valeri Nichushkin of Colorado were each sentenced to 10 minute misconduct. The Avalanche ended with a nine-minute power play advantage on Reaves’ penalties.

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Reaves’ actions came one game after checking out the Wild’s Ryan Suter at the back in Vegas’s Game 7 win over the Wild in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He avoided punishment for the kick, which sent Suter in the wild goal face first:

The Avalanche won Sunday’s game 7-1. Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET in Denver.

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