Tom Wilson helped off ice after being blindsided by Ryan Reaves

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson was helped off the ice last night after being blindsided.

Wilson, a pretty popular target among his opposition, generated cheers from the Vegas Golden Knights crowd after being hit by Ryan Reaves.

Reaves received a five-minute major and game misconduct for the play, which was ruled as interference.

Wilson eventually made it back to his feet but was unable to leave the ice without help from teammates and Capitals’ personnel.

Social media was buzzing when the hit and ejection happened late Tuesday night. Obviously, people weren’t afraid to show their displeasure with Wilson for his past actions.

If the fans are calling Reaves’ hit on Wilson a taste of his own medicine, Reaves may be disciplined by the NHL. Currently, there is no word from the NHL on whether Reaves will have a meeting with the Director of Player Safety.

Wilson did not return to last night’s contest. The Capitals play against the Coyotes Thursday night, and I’d say Wilson is at best a game-day decision on his status for the opening lineup.

We should receive more information Wednesday morning on Wilson’s projected length of absence and whether or not Reaves will be suspended or fined by the NHL DoPS.