Less than two minutes after Tom Wilson scored in the third period to give Washington a 4-3 lead, Golden Knights fourth-liner Ryan Reaves stole the momentum back for Vegas by tying things up. Simply put, the goal Reaves scored should not have counted.
That was a blatant cross-check from Reaves on John Carlson, but the officials did not call it. After the game, NBC Sports analyst Mike Milbury went off about the “unforgivable” missed call. “It is absolutely ludicrous,” Milbury said, as transcribed by Scott Allen of the Washington Post. “This is like a receiver in football, pushing down his defensive back in the end zone and catching the touchdown pass by himself. It’s just unforgivable. You’ve got two officials, one you can see right there — make the call. You have to make the call. It’s the turning point in the game. This is just not right at all. If you’re a Washington fan or John Carlson and you think you got bagged, you did. You got sandbagged right here. He’s got every right to be this angry at officials who missed it.” – TO
Fantastic opening game for the #nhl#StanelyCupFinals. Players were ready to put on a show. The officials were not. That group needs to be replaced. Simply can’t miss clear Reaves x-check in the numbers that leads directly to goal. Good thing that was game 1 & not 7