Fans who showed up Friday night got the treat expected when the Penguins face off against the Capitals. 7-4 the final. It had all of the goal-scoring fireworks, but it didn't have the fisticuffs.
Ryan Reaves' return to the lineup came at a time where he would be used regardless of the Conor Sheary injury. If he was brought in for any scenario, it was to protect the Penguins' trinity of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel against the likes of Tom Wilson and the hockey play combination prowess of Alexander Ovechkin and Matt Niskanen.
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He played. He threw his body around some. He jostled with Ovechkin and with Brooks Orpik. But, it never looked like No. 75 would dance unless Wilson came calling. But, when Wilson went to the box in the second period after an ugly roughing minor, Ian Cole the victim, Reaves was held on the bench by his coach as Tom Kuhnhackl took the ice.
That's the scene seen up top. A disappointed Reaves after being held at the bench as Kuhnhackl sprints into the action. Despite the 11 goals scored, that's my favorite image from the night. Oh, what could have been. Let's look at the rest of the game: