Minnesota Wild winger Ryan Reaves went viral Saturday night during the team’s 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, and it wasn’t for anything he did on the ice.
Reaves scored a goal in the second period to give the Wild an early lead before Luas Reichel tied the game for Chicago in the third period. Ryan Hartman and Frederick Gaudreau netted two for the Wild to help seal the win.
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At the bench, Reaves was seen taking some smelling salts. Professional athletes use smelling salts, which are ammonia, to stay awake and alert during games. One of the trainers gave Reaves a bottle to sniff, but he was seen asking for something stronger.
Reaves took the strong substance and sniffed it. He didn’t seem to like him that much and he needed a moment to collect himself.
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«Honestly, I almost threw up twice,» he told reporters after the match, via The Athletic. «That was the strongest I think I’ve ever had. I’ll take it a little easier next time. I think it was a new box. It was crazy. I still have a headache.» It’s not fun.»
In 65 games this season, Reaves has five goals and nine assists.
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Minnesota leads the Central Division with a 42-22-9 record and 93 points. They are the third best team in the Western Conference behind the Vegas Golden Knights and the Los Angeles Kings.