Skip to main content

Maurice declines to reveal Tkachuk’s status for Game 5 of Stanley Cup Final

Matthew Tkachuk Florida Panthers Matthew Tkachuk - The Canadian Press

Florida Panthers head coach Paul Maurice declined to reveal the status of forward Matthew Tkachuk for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday morning, Maurice said he already knows whether or not Tkachuk is playing and wouldn’t call it a game-time decision as the decision has already been made.

Tkachuk didn’t provide an explanation after departing Game 4 for more than 10 minutes.

The 25-year-old winger also left the ice in Game 3 following a big hit, but returned to force overtime with the tying goal late in the third period.

Tkachuk has registered 11 goals and 13 assists in 20 games this postseason.

Vegas holds a 3-1 lead in the series.