The Buzzer: Blue Jackets clinch with Panarin’s help

Associated Press

Three stars

1. Artemi Panarin, Columbus Blue Jackets

Panarin scored one of the filthier goals you’ll see to give the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead in the third period.

From there, he nearly scored on a couple of occasions in overtime after the New York Rangers tied the game 2-2 with six seconds left in the third. And in the shootout, Panarin fired the winner, a pinpoint accurate shot that went bar down.

2. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

Another two goals helped the Blackhawks to a dominant 6-1 win against the playoff-bound Dallas Stars.

Kane’s had an incredible season (along to with Jonathan Toews, whose two assists helped him set a new career-high in that category).

3. John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks

He’s likely going to get robbed of the Vezina, so here’s a star for an incredible season.

Gibson has endured a season without a defense or much scoring in front of him and still has 26 wins, an impressive save percentage and unreal underlying statistics that have him ranked with the best in the league.

Gibson made 37 assists for the Ducks in a 5-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Friday. The Ducks finished 11-5-1 in their final 17 games. Gibson had seven wins in his last nine starts.

Highlights of the night

Sam Steel continues to shine:

Panarin’s shootout winner:

Bob’s best:

Kane’s wrister:

Factoids

Scores

Blue Jackets 3, Rangers 2 (SO)
Blackhawks 6, Stars 1
Duck 5, Kings 2


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

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