The Vegas Golden Knights will have to deal with the loss of some toughness on their roster for the first game of the Western Conference Final.

After a hearing on Saturday for an illegal check to the head of Vancouver Canucks forward Tyler Motte during their Game 7 matchup, Golden Knights enforcer Ryan Reaves has been suspended one game by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

Reaves was given a 5 minute major penalty with a game misconduct for the late second period hit. Motte was very slow to get up at the time, but did eventually return to the game. The Golden Knights would go on to successfully kill the penalty and win the do-or-die game 3-0, propelling themselves to the Western Conference Final against the Dallas Stars.

In case you missed it, you can watch the hit here.

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This is not the first time Reaves has faced discipline from the NHL. In 2015, he was fined $3,024.19 for roughing Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar, and the following year he was suspended three games for boarding San Jose Sharks defenceman Matt Tennyson. Reaves was a member of the St. Louis Blues at the time of these incidents.

As a member of the Golden Knights in 2019, Reaves was fined $2,500 for high-sticking San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton.

The 33-year-old Reaves signed a two-year, $3.5 million contract extension with the Golden Knights in June.

Featured photo courtesy of Stephen R. Sylvanie / USA Today Sports

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