Artemi Panarin will go missing for the last three games of the New York Rangers season with a lower-body injury sustained in a 6-3 loss to the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden, Monday.
The loss officially eliminated the Rangers from the Stanley Cup playoff race.
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Panarin was injured in an altercation after a stoppage of play in the second period. He was thrown onto the ice by Capitals forward Tom Wilson.
Wilson received two minor harshness penalties and a 10-minute misconduct on the streak. He was fined $ 5,000, the maximum allowed by the collective agreement, for a previously rude gesture against striker Pavel Buchnevich.
Panarin, Buchnevich and the Defender of the Capitals Brenden Dillon were also punished as a result of the incident.
Panarin did not return to the game in the match.
“Panarin was a defenseless player, in my opinion, without a helmet,” said Rangers center Ryan Strome. A star in our league. It’s unfortunate that our best player is on the sidelines for the rest of the year. It is an unfortunate incident that has nothing to do with the game or with hockey. “
Panarin has 40 points (12 goals, 28 assists) in 28 games since returning to the game on March 13, after missing nine games for personal reasons.
His 40 points during that streak places him tied for second in the NHL with Connor McDavid des Oilers d’Edmonton.
Panarin was on the ice for 51 of Rangers’ 102 goals in the last 28 games.
He leads his team and is 11th in the NHL with 58 points (17 goals, 41 assists) in 42 games. His 1.38 point-per-game average places him fourth in the league behind McDavid (1.82), the Oilers forward. Leon draisaitl (1.46) and the center of the Colorado Avalanche Nathan MacKinnon (1,41).
“He’s had another phenomenal season,” said Rangers coach David Quinn. He continues to produce offensively. He’s a threat whenever he’s on the ice and he makes everyone around him better. “
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Panarin finished third in the NHL with 95 points (32 goals, 63 assists) in 69 games last season. He had taken third place in the ballot in the Hart Trophy race, awarded to his team’s most valuable player.
Since signing his seven-year, $ 81.5 million contract with the Rangers on July 1, 2019, Panarin has scored 153 points (49 goals, 104 points) in 111 games.
Moreover, the defenders Jacob Trouba (upper body) and Ryan Lindgren (upper body) will also no longer play this season. Left winger Chris Kreider (lower body) is always assessed on a daily basis.
Trouba has missed the last seven, Kreider the last three and Lindgren the most recent.