Vegas Golden Knights right wing Ryan Reaves, left, celebrates his goal with left wing Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Ryan Reaves' Goal Stirs Controversy In Stanley Cup Finals Game 1

The former Blues forward wasn't the only one to cause a moment of strife Monday night.

May 29, 2018 - 10:37 am

LAS VEGAS (KMOX/AP) - There were 10 goals and a Final-record four lead changes overall in a fantastically entertaining opener, that had no shortage of controversial story lines headed into Wednesday's Game 2 in Vegas. One of those highly debated topics came from the Vegas Golden Knights rough-and-tumble forward Ryan Reaves – tying the game at 4-4 in the third period. 

Was it a cross-check? Many hockey expects on Twitter thought so: 


The goal came just 91 seconds after the Washington Capitals' forward Tom Wilson scored to put the Caps ahead 4-3. Wilson had his own altercation in Game 1. 

This open ice hit on Jonathan Marchessault drew an interference penalty, but was not a power play for Vegas because David Perron was called for a cross-check. 

Greg Beacham of the Associated Press contributed to this article