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Jack Eichel shows incredible maturity with his response to hit by Matthew Tkachuk

Published June 6, 2023 at 12:29

Vegas Golden Knights center Jack Eichel was on the wrong end of a devastating hit from Florida's Matthew Tkachuk in the second period and immediately went to the locker room in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.

Tkachuk was not penalized for the hit on the play. However, he did earn himself a two-minute minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct for the skirmish after the hit.

The Golden Knights center returned for the third period, dishing out a slick assist in his first shift back on Jonathan Marchessault's second goal of the night.

The 26 year old Eichel contributed two assists in the dominating 7-2 victory over the Panthers. Eichel has been living up to the superstar moniker in the playoffs for Vegas with 6 goals and 22 points in 19 games.

After the game, Eichel discussed the hit from Tkachuk, calling the play "clean" and putting a bit of the blame on himself.

"I kind of toe-picked a little bit and saw him at the last minute. He finishes what I saw was a clean check on me,"Eichel said, "It's a physical game. You're gonna get hit sometimes."

The Golden Knights star explained that he had the wind knocked out of him, and once he got back to the locker room and regrouped himself, he knew he was good to get back on the ice.

Vegas now holds a commanding 2-0 series lead with the action heading to Florida for Game 3 on Thursday night.
June 6   |   289 answers
Jack Eichel shows incredible maturity with his response to hit by Matthew Tkachuk

Do you think this was a clean hit?

Yes, Eichel put himself in a bad spot27795.8 %
No, there was contact to the head124.2 %
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