Chaos erupts on the ice after the final whistle in Game 4.

Chaos erupts on the ice after the final whistle in Game 4.

All hell broke loose between the Florida Panthers and Vegas Golden Knights after the final whistle in Game 5.

Jonathan Larivee

There has been plenty of animosity between the Florida Panthers and the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final already, but the end of Game 4 on Saturday night may have set the stage for an even rougher Game 5 on the horizon.

The Panthers did not get the result they wanted in front of their home fans, eventually falling to the Golden Knights by a score of 3-2 and in the process allowed the Golden Knights to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. Unsurprisingly that created a pretty tense situation when the final whistle was blown at the end of Game 4, and that is when all of the chaos erupted.

Not only was there total chaos on the ice, with several of the players out on the ice engaging in a brawls with one another, but even the fans got involved by littering the ice with trash and debris.

Many took exception to how Florida Panthers star forward Matthew Tkachuk used his stick to crank on the neck of Alex Pietrangelo.

While the broadcast was quick to point out that Tkachuk was risking a lot by engaging in this type of behavior, we now know that Tkachuk is almost certainly injured and his status for Game 5 is now in doubt. Tkachuk may have been acting with the knowledge that his injury, whatever that may be, is going to prevent him from being a factor in what remains of this series.