Jack Eichel makes admission about Matthew Tkachuk’s monster hit
Jack Eichel offered a comment Monday night about Matthew Tkachuk’s monster hit on him during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in Las Vegas.
Tkachuk nailed Eichel with a huge check as the Vegas center was approaching the blue line during the second period. The hit caused Eichel to fall to the ice and lose his helmet.
TKACHUK WITH A MAJOR HIT ON EICHEL 👀 pic.twitter.com/RF6vSF8WNG
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Eichel exited the ice following the collision, and some of the Golden Knights players were not happy about the hit.
But Vegas won the game 7-2 over Tkachuk’s Florida Panthers, which may have taken some of the sting out of the hit for Eichel.
The 26-year-old, who had two assists in the game, admitted afterwards that Tkachuk’s hit was a clean one.
"He finishes what I saw was a clean check on me. It's a physical game. You're gonna get hit sometimes."
Jack Eichel on the Matthew Tkachuk hit in the 2nd period. pic.twitter.com/2E69Pjcv7C
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“He finishes what I saw was a clean check on me. It’s a physical game; you’re going to get hit sometimes,” Eichel said.
Eichel also acknowledged it was a “big hit.”
Eichel will have some time to rest up prior to Game 3, which is scheduled to be played on Thursday night in Florida. Vegas leads the series 2-0.