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Another game, another questionable hit for Capitals’ Tom Wilson

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The Capitals' Tom Wilson mixes it up with the Golden Knights' Nate Schmidt and Brayden McNabb after the whistle during the third period of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on May 28, 2018.
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Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin skates against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period in Game One of the Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena.

“Yinz know if the Pens still had Ryan Reaves, ‘at Tom Wilson never woulda been runnin’ our players n’at. Reavo woulda made all the difference ‘gainst Wershington.”

How many times have you heard that pile of horse droppings around Pittsburgh since the Capitals eliminated the Penguins?

That’s an incredibly flawed notion . The theory was officially deflated last night when, with Ryan Reaves in uniform for Vegas during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, Caps winger Tom Wilson did this to Golden Knights standout Jonathan Marchessault.

So I guess Reaves isn’t that much of “Wilson deterrent” after all, huh?

Wilson had a comical explanation.

If you thought that quote was dubious, good call. Because this is the quote that came from the Vegas locker room from Marchessault via ESPN’s Emily Kaplan.

Don’t count on it, Jonathan. Based on what we saw in the Pens/Caps series, Wilson is allowed at least one free cheap shot per round.

I mean, come on. Even Mike Milbury and Keith Jones don’t agree with the solution the officials came up with. They each think Wilson could have been called for a major penalty and question how they came up with a minor penalty after a huddle.

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Here are some reactions from a few others around the hockey world.

Well, if Reaves can’t stop Wilson from taking dirty shots at players, at least he can score.

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That goal made it 4-4, and Vegas went on to win Game 1, 6-4. Game 2 is 8 p.m. Wednesday.

So that means the Vegas pregame show on the ice will likely begin at roughly 11 a.m.

And I can’t wait for it. I assume they saved a skating version of Blue Man Group so the first show didn’t get all the highlights prior to Game 1.

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