Reaves signed pho­tos of Caps’ in­jured Wil­son

The Bradenton Herald - - Sports -

The late blind­side hit from Ve­gas Golden Knights for­ward Ryan Reaves sent Cap­i­tals for­ward Tom Wil­son crash­ing down. Wil­son’s hel­met popped off, and his head bounced on the T-Mo­bile Arena ice.

Reaves was ejected from Tues­day’s game, a 5-3 Ve­gas win, and Wil­son, who sus­tained a con­cus­sion, missed Thurs­day’s game and is listed as day-to-day while he re­cov­ers.

And Reaves? He signed 16-by-20 inch copies of a pho­to­graph that shows Wil­son dazed on the ice as Reaves is es­corted away, posts on so­cial me­dia in­di­cated.

On each pic­ture, Reaves wrote the mes­sage he gave re­porters af­ter Tues­day’s game: “He ran into a lion in the jun­gle.”

Knights spokesman Eric Tosi said in an email that the pho­tos “were not dis­trib­uted and they have been de­stroyed.”

No­table

Ducks: Daniel Sprong, the 21-year-old right wing ac­quired from Pitts­burgh on Mon­day, scored in his Ana­heim de­but Wed­nes­day night as the team stretched its win­ning streak to five with a 4-2 vic­tory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

“It’s a new op­por­tu­nity. I was ex­cited for it. I wanted to come out hot,” Sprong said.

“I’m a shooter and I wanted to start off early putting pucks on net and get­ting chances.”

Ana­heim coach Randy Car­lyle was pleased with Sprong’s per­for­mance de­spite hav­ing only one prac­tice with the club.

“The shot is a wel­come sight be­cause it looks he can he can pro­vide some of­fense if he con­tin­ues to shoot the puck like that,” Car­lyle said.

Sharks-Hur­ri­canes: Timo Meier’s re­turn to San Jose’s lineup gave the team just the boost it needed af­ter a rough 1-4 road trip.

Meier had a goal and two as­sists in his first game back from an in­jury, a 5-1 win over the vis­it­ing Carolina Hur­ri­canes on Wed­nes­day night.

“It felt great,” Meier said.

“You don’t want to be sit­ting out watch­ing games with an in­jury. For me it was im­por­tant to get healthy. Ob­vi­ously I was re­ally ex­cited to keep play­ing again. I had a lot of en­ergy to­day and we played a great game over­all.”

The Hur­ri­canes have scored five goals in the past five games, los­ing four of them.

“We’ve had too many like this, that’s the prob­lem,” coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “We’ve played good enough to win and we don’t get any re­sults. That’s hard on the guys.”

JOHN LOCHER AP

Knights right wing Ryan Reaves, shown cel­e­brat­ing a goal against the Canucks on Wed­nes­day, signed pho­tos of his violent hit on an op­po­nent.

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