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Artemi Panarin is NHL’s Second Star Of The Week

The NHL has announced that Artemi Panarin is the Second Star of the Week:

Panarin led the NHL with 4-6—10 and a +8 rating (tied) in four contests to power the Rangers (23-16-6, 52 points) to a sweep of their four-game series against the New Jersey Devils. Panarin scored once in a 3-0 win April 13, giving him a franchise-record 138 points (45-93—138) through his first 100 appearances with New York. He then collected multiple points in each of his next three games, notching 2-1—3 in a 4-0 triumph April 15, 1-3—4 (including the game-winning goal) in a 6-3 victory April 17 and two assists in a 5-3 win April 18. The 29-year-old Korkino, Russia, native and 2015-16 Calder Memorial Trophy winner ranks second in the League with 1.53 points per game this season, placing 10th overall with 16-36—52 in 34 outings.

Panarin is the third Ranger within the last month to be one of the Stars of the Week: Mika Zibanejad was named Third Star of the week on 3/22 and Adam Fox was named First Star of the Week on 3/29.

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Artemi Panarin returns to the lineup against Boston

12:54PM: Colin Blackwell will skate with Strome and Panarin. (MSG)

Alexis Lafreniere will skate with Filip Chytil and Kaapo Kakko. (MSG)

12:53PM: Jack Johnson, Julien Gauthier and Brett Howden are all scratched, according to the NHL’s roster sheet.

11:18AM: Artemi Panarin will return to the Rangers lineup after missing the last nine games due to his leave of absence. (NYR)

Panarin will start on a line with Ryan Strome.

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Artemi Panarin has returned to the Rangers

6:07PM: David Quinn spoke after practice and said (NYR):

  1. On Panarin, “Like we’ve said all along, he’s been day to day. We are glad to have him back. When he’s going to play again, we don’t know.  He’s just started skating, I wanna focus on moving forward, we are excited having him back, the guys are rejuvenated having him around and happy to see him on the ice.”
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Artemi Panarin taking a leave of absence from Rangers

2/23 | Three former teammates of Panarin told the NY Post that they never heard of any such incident.

2/22 | 8:07PM: Larry Brooks writes, that according to a source, this was Nazarov “going rouge” and not a sponsored attack from the Russian Government. (NY Post)

4:38PM: Larry Brooks quotes Panarin’s agent as saying, “I unequivocally, categorically deny all of these false allegations coming out of Russia about Artemi. This is false.”

Igor Eronko tweets that the players Panarin was with that night in Riga “say the reports are absolutely false.”

11:32AM: The Rangers have released a statement:

“Artemi vehemently and unequivocally denies any and all allegations in this fabricated story. This is clearly an intimidation tactic being used against him for being outspoken on recent political events. Artemi is obviously shaken and concerned and will take some time away from the team. The Rangers fully support Artemi and will work with him to identify the source of these unfounded allegations.”

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Artemi Panarin was on the ice today in Russia

Rangers winger Artemi Panarin was on the ice today in his native Russia.

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Artemi Panarin finishes 3rd in Hart Trophy voting, named 1st Team All-Star LW

Artemi Panarin has finished 3rd in the Hart Trophy voting.

The Hart Trophy is awarded “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.”

Leon Draisaitl (1309 points) won the award and Nathan MacKinnon (1162 points) finished in second.

Panarin finished with 889 points (24 1st place votes, 41 2nd, 54 3rd, 25 4th, 17 5th)

Panarin was named MVP of the Rangers this past season.

Panarin was named the First Team LW for end of season All-Star teams.

He picked up 160 of the 169 First Place votes.