"His next cheap shot on McDavid" "Art of the turtle": NHL fans mock Panthers' Matthew Tkachuk over viral pre-game warm-up video

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Fans weren't impressed with Panthers' Matthew Tkachuk's warmup routine

NHL fans poked fun at Florida Panthers star forward Matthew Tkachuk for his viral pre-game warm-up. A video went viral of Tkachuk having a unique warm-up routine before a hockey game.

Tkachuk has been a star player for the Panthers and a key reason for Florida being up 3-1 in the series. However, fans saw the funny side of his pre-game preparations.

His warmup isn't something many fans have seen before, which is why they had some good jokes about it.

"The art of the turtle," a fan added.
"his next cheap shot on McDavid," another fan wrote.

The jokes didn't stop there as fans continued to take aim at Matthew Tkachuk.

"He’s doing a guest appearance at Disney on Ice," a fan wrote.
"Warming up to do karate," a fan added.

There was plenty of humor on display in response to Tkachuk's pre-game routine. But, it is working for him as Tkachuk has 20 points in 21 playoff games.

Florida Panthers one win away from Stanley Cup

The Florida Panthers are up 3-1 against the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup Final.

Florida took a 3-0 series lead but lost Game 4, by 8-1, on the road. The Panthers will look to hoist the Stanley Cup at home in Game 5, and despite the blowout loss, they are still confident.

"At the end of the day, we're up 3-1, we're going back home," forward Matthew Tkachuk said, via NHL.com. "I thought that in the first two [games we] did a lot of good things and [continued] that into Game 3, but definitely did not like it tonight at all. Myself and the rest of the guys will come back tomorrow, a new day, and [a] chance to win at home in Game 5."

Florida is favored to win Game 5, according to DraftKings, and head coach Paul Maurice is confident that his team will regroup.

"Every new experience presents opportunities that you didn't have, so this was a new experience for us," Florida coach Paul Maurice said. "I could say there's some room to learn on it and we're going to work really hard over the next two days to make sure we present that (in Game 5)."

Game 5 is set for Thursday in Florida at 8 p.m. EDT.

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Edited by Akshay Saraswat
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