Matthew Tkachuk is having a playoff to remember. In his first season as a Florida Panther, Tkachuk is proving himself as one of the best players in the league, and his continuous grid is incredibly important for the Panthers.
Nobody expected Florida to even get past the first round of the playoffs, as they were up against the No. 1 seed Boston Bruins. But they pulled off a remarkable comeback, turning around a 3-1 series deficit, and they didn’t seem to have any problems dealing with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round.
Now, they’ve started the Easters Conference Finals against the Carolina Hurricanes perfectly. They won Game 1 in the fourth overtime, in the sixth-longest game in NHL history. In Saturday’s Game 2, the overtime only lasted 1:51 until they won it again, taking a 2-0 series lead.
Matthew Tkachuk just so happened to score both the game-deciding goals, and it’s not the first time this playoff that Tkachuk has stepped up for his team when it’s needed the most.
Tkachuk has seven goals and 18 points this playoff run, and he’s getting the attention he deserves.
Tkachuk’s dad, Keith Tkachuk, is an NHL legend, but he was never as great as his son Matthews. At least, according to Charles Barkley.
The NBA Hall of Famer was on a basketball broadcast on TNT Sunday night and absolutely burned Keith with a hilarious and unexpected roast as they promoted Game 3 between the Panthers and Hurricanes.
”Mr. Tkachuk, I might have to apologize. He might be better than his dad. I’m sorry to say it, Keith, but Matthew might be better than you,” Barkley said.
Barkley’s burn on Keith Tkachuk sparked a huge discussion between hockey fans on who actually was the better play, Keith or Matthew?
What’s your take?