Artemi Panarin Scores In First Game Back In Columbus
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- Artemi Panarin dazzled once again in Columbus. This time he was playing for the New York Rangers.
- Panarin scored the decisive goal in his return to Ohio, leading the Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Blue Jackets on Thursday night.
“He’s a big-game player regardless of what’s going on,” Rangers coach David Quinn said of Panarin, whose goal was his team leading 13th, and 34th point overall. “He usually delivers statistically and he delivered the big one tonight.”
- Panarin left Columbus after signing a lucrative free-agent contract in the offseason with New York and heard it from the somewhat jilted pro Blue Jackets crowd.
“It was a great few years for me with the team and in the city. I enjoy,” Panarin said. “But real angry (anger) in the game from the fans, but that’s okay.”
- Serenaded with boos nearly every time he touched the puck, Panarin was cheered during a first-period video tribute that acknowledged his contributions during two seasons in Columbus, a gesture from fans that he told reporters that he appreciated.
- During his tenure, Panarin was often electric in making plays and putting the puck in the net, twice setting the franchise record for points in a season, including 87 last season.
Sources & Credits: NY Daily News