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Artemi Panarin registers 500th career point in New York Rangers win

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Artemi Panarin registers 500th career point in New York Rangers win

By Jordan Laroche

The New York Rangers came into tonight on a six game win streak, beating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Saturday. Igor Shesterkin was still on the Injured Reserve and will likely be back next week, the team recalled 2015 7th round pick Adam Huska from the Hartford Wolf Pack to back up for Alexander Georgiev.

While the Chicago Blackhawks struggled earlier in the season, they have since been 8-4 with interim head coach Derek King going into tonight.

The scoring started early with Artemi Panarin making a graceful zone entry, holding several Blackhawk players away from the puck before finding Jacob Trouba open on the point just one minute into the first period. This marked Artemi Panarin’s 500th NHL point against his former club, a strange coincidence that his first NHL point came in October 2015 against the New York Rangers.

The Blackhawks would rebound right away as Erik Gustafsson would score from the point off a deflection from Rangers forward Julien Gauthier just 30 seconds later. However, the Rangers would dominate most of the period with seven shots through the first six minutes.

A goal by Kirby Dach seven minutes into the first would give the Blackhawks some life as they crawled back in the shot count to tie the shots at nine for the period.

The second period remained a pretty tight contest as both Alexander Georgiev and Marc-Andre Fleury would make several key saves to keep the game at 2-1. That was until Artemi Panarin pounced on a loose puck in the slot for his eighth goal of the season to make it a 2-2 game.

The Rangers’ leading goal scorer, Chris Krieder, would put the Blueshirts up 3-2 five minutes into the third period scoring his ninth powerplay goal of the season. Krieder would also move back into third in the NHL’s scoring leaders as he ties Andrew Mangiapane and Auston Matthews with 17 goals this season.

The Rangers would continue to have the majority of the chances during the third period and would capitalize three more times en route to a 6-2 win. This improves the Rangers win streak to seven games, and moves them into first place in the Metropolitan Division and 2nd place in the league standings with 39 points on a 17-4-3 record.

Box Score:

1st period

G: NYR Jacob Trouba (5) A: Artemi Panarin (20) Ryan Strome (13)

G: CHI Erik Gustafsson (1)

G: CHI Kirby Dach (4) A: Alex DeBrincat (6) Dylan Strome (3)

2nd period

G: NYR Artemi Panarin (8) A: Mika Zibanejad (15) Chris Krieder (4)

3rd period

G: NYR Chris Krieder (17) A: Adam Fox (21) Artemi Panarin (21)

G: NYR Kevin Rooney (6) A: Adam Fox (22) Ryan Reaves (4)

G: NYR Artemi Panarin (9) (EN) A: Mika Zibanejad (16) Jacob Trouba (7)

G: NYR Barclay Goodrow (4) A: Ryan Reaves (5) Kevin Rooney (1)


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