Matthew Tkachuk attacks Vincent Trocheck with brutal wrestling move!

Matthew Tkachuk attacks Vincent Trocheck with brutal wrestling move!

And Trocheck had just scored the first Rangers’ goal of the series.

Chris Gosselin

The New York Rangers came out fighting in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Florida Panthers, and Matthew Tkachuk, well, came looking for a fight.

Right after the Rangers scored their first goal of the series, having lost Game 1 3-0 on Wednesday night, forward Vincent Trocheck was eager to celebrate with the New York crowd.

However, chaos ensued right after the goal and players started swinging near goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who had just been beaten. In the middle of the havoc, there was Tkachuk, who ended up pulling some brutal wrestling move to jump on the goal scorer to almost choke him.

Some call it the Lou Thesz press, in which we could see back in the day the attacking wrestler jump towards a standing opponent and knock him over, resulting in the opponent lying on his back with the attacking wrestler sitting on the opponent’s chest, pinning him.

This is Tkachuk’s version:

Penalties were handed out with the Rangers losing Alexis Lafrenière for Roughing against Carter Verhaeghe, who also went to the box for the same offense on the New York’ first overall pick in 2020.

Tkachuk was too penalized for his wrestling move, aka Roughing, on Trocheck.

The pain does not stop there... 

Later in the first period, Panthers’ Dmitry Kulikov crushed Alex Wennberg with an open ice hit. The referees reviewed for a five minute major, but he only ended up with a minor for interference, much to the dismay of the crowd at Madison Square Garden.

This was a brutal hit, and just shows you how intense the start of Game 2 in New York has been.

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