Penguins’ Ryan Reaves says he’s offered to fight Capitals’ Tom Wilson
Hours before making his return to the lineup Friday after three games as a healthy scratch, Penguins winger Ryan Reaves floated something of a challenge.
Though the enforcer hadn’t fought Capitals’ pugilist Tom Wilson during the Oct. 11 or Nov. 10 meetings between the teams, Reaves made sure it was known that wasn’t his doing.
“I mean, the offer has been out there,” Reaves said. “But yeah, it just hasn’t happened. I am not gonna go and chase a guy out on the ice and put my team in the penalty box, maybe. So if it happens, it happens. I just have to make sure I play my game.”
On the same first-period shift when he mixed it up with Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, Reaves appeared to approach Wilson during a sequence in the Penguins’ zone. The two skated together but did not drop the gloves.
According to hockeyfights.com, Wilson has the second-most fighting majors in the NHL this season (10). Reaves is tied for fourth with six.
Fight or no fight, Reaves appreciates the animosity between longtime rivals.
“Lot of love out on the ice, you know?” Reaves deadpanned. “Two teams that like to like each other, lot of handshakes and smiles.
“No, obviously a physical, in-your-face game.”