Artemi Panarin didn’t come to the Rangers cheaply, but he’s certainly performed as advertised. After signing a seven-year, $81.5 million contract with New York over the summer, he scored 12 goals and 33 points in his first 26 contests this season. That was the position he was in going into Thursday’s game in Columbus. It was Panarin’s first game against his former team since he chose the go elsewhere over the summer. Just as he’s done time and time against for the Rangers, he rose to the occasion.
Panarin scored the game-winning goal, his 13th marker of 2019-20, to bring the Rangers to 14-10-3. The Rangers are still on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff race, but there’s of course plenty of time left and their position isn’t so bad when you consider that they’re a rebuilding squad that’s just in the early stages of their transition back into a contender – a transition that Panarin is playing a huge role in facilitating.
CHICAGO 4 BOSTON 3 (OT)
Dylan Strome scored a goal and registered an assist. That gives the Blackhawks forward six goals and 19 points in 24 contests this season.
Jonathan Toews netted the overtime winner. He’s up to five goals and 15 points in 28 games.
Robin Lehner stopped 37 of 40 Bruins shots. He has a 6-5-3 record, 2.71 GAA, and .929 save percentage in 15 contests.
Torey Krug scored a goal for the Bruins. It was his fourth goal and 19th point in 24 games.
Tuukka Rask saved 27 of 31 shots on Thursday. That ended his winning streak at six games, but he still hasn’t suffered a regulation loss since Nov. 8th.
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COLORADO 3 MONTREAL 2
Matt Calvert netted the game-winning goal and registered an assist. That gives him five goals and 15 points in 22 games.
Gabriel Landeskog scored a goal in his return to the Avalanche. He has four goals and eight points in 12 contests.
Pavel Francouz stopped 38 of 40 Canadiens shots. He’s 6-2-0 with a 2.43 GAA and .927 save percentage in 10 games.
At the other end of the ice, Cayden Primeau saved 32 of 35 shots. The 20-year-old was making his NHL debut.
One of Montreal’s two goals was scored by Brendan Gallagher. It was his 12th goal and 22nd point in 29 games.
MINNESOTA 5 TAMPA BAY 4
Mats Zuccarello scored a goal and registered two assists. The Wild forward is up to six goals and 16 points in 25 games.
Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist for Minnesota. He has 11 goals and 21 points in 29 contests this season.
Tampa Bay got a goal and an assist from Erik Cernak. That gives him two goals and three points in 23 games.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 16 of 21 Wild shots. He allowed three goals on nine shots in the first period.
At the other end of the ice, Alex Stalock saved 30 of 34 shots. He has an 8-3-2 record, 2.76 GAA, and .910 save percentage in 16 contests.
NY ISLANDERS 3 VEGAS 2 (OT)
Ryan Pulock scored the overtime winner. It was his fourth goal and 14th point in 27 games.
Cal Clutterbuck also had a goal for the Islanders. He has three goals and seven points in 27 contests.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 31 of 33 Golden Knights shots. He improved to 9-3-2 with a 2.35 GAA and .923 save percentage in 16 contests.
Malcolm Subban saved 28 of 31 shots Thursday night. He has a 4-4-3 record, 2.86 GAA, and .909 save percentage in 11 starts.
Jonathan Marchessault netted a goal for Vegas. He’s up to nine goals and 22 points in 31 games.
ARIZONA 3 PHILADELPHIA 1
The Flyers’ lone goal was scored by Matt Niskanen. It was his third marker and 13th point in 29 contests.
Phil Kessel scored a pair of goals, including the overtime winner. That gives him six goals and 17 points in 30 games.
Arizona’s other goal was scored by Conor Garland. He has 11 goals and 16 points in 30 contests.
Darcy Kuemper stopped 28 of 29 Flyers shots. He has a 12-6-2 record, 1.92 GAA, and .937 save percentage in 20 starts.
At the other end of the ice, Brian Elliott stopped 15 of 17 shots. He has a 7-3-2 record, 2.66 GAA, and .915 save percentage in 15 contests.
CAROLINA 3 SAN JOSE 2 (SO)
Aaron Dell stopped 27 of 29 shots in regulation time. He surrendered a goal on three rounds and took the loss as a result.
Petr Mrazek saved 28 of 30 shots before the shootout. He was perfect in three shootout rounds to collect the extra point.
Logan Couture scored a goal for the Sharks. He’s up to nine goals and 29 points in 30 games.
Andrei Svechnikov had a goal and an assist. The Hurricanes forward has 12 goals and 31 points in 29 contests.
Carolina’s other regulation time goal came from Jake Gardiner. He has two goals and seven points in 29 games.
NY RANGERS 3 COLUMBUS 2
Artemi Panarin scored the game-winning goal against his former team. He has 13 goals and 34 points in 27 contests.
Brendan Lemieux also found the back for the Rangers. It was his fifth goal and 12th point in 26 games.
One of Columbus’ two goals was scored by Seth Jones. That gives him four goals and 16 points in 28 games.
Joonas Korpisalo stopped 16 of 19 Rangers shots. He has allowed three goals in three of his last four starts.
At the other end of the ice, Alexandar Georgiev saved 45 of 47 shots. He’s won three straight games, but because of how sparingly he’s been used, that streak dates back to Nov. 23rd.
DALLAS 3 WINNIPEG 2 (OT)
Joe Pavelski netted the overtime winner. It was his sixth goal and 13th point in 30 games.
Tyler Seguin assisted on two of the Stars’ three goals. He has six goals and 23 points in 30 contests.
Ben Bishop saved 36 of 38 shots last night. He has surrendered two goals in each of his last four starts.
Blake Wheeler scored a goal for the Jets. He has seven goals and 20 points in 29 contests.
Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 36 of 39 shots on Thursday. He has a 14-7-2 record, 2.20 GAA, and .934 save percentage in 23 contests.
CALGARY 4 BUFFALO 3
Milan Lucic finally found the back of the net for the Flames and it ended up being the game-winning goal. It was his first goal and fifth point in 28 contests.
Sean Monahan scored a goal and registered an assist. He has seven goals and 23 points in 30 games.
David Rittich stopped 26 of 29 shots last night. He’s won his last three contests.
Two of the Sabres’ three goals were assisted on by Victor Olofsson. He’s up to 11 goals and 24 points in 29 contests.
Linus Ullmark kicked out 25 of 29 shots Thursday night. He has a 7-6-2 record, 2.94 GAA, and .914 save percentage in 15 starts.