[UPDATE: Panarin has been fined $5,000 by the NHL.]
The New York Rangers continued their great start to the 2021-22 season on Friday afternoon with an impressive 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins that featured a little bit of everything.
First, there was Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin playing another sensational game by turning aside 34 of the 36 shots he faced to continue to strengthen his early season Vezina argument.
There was also another big game for Rangers superstar Artemi Panarin as he scored the game-winning goal late in the third period and added an assist.
All things you probably expect to see in a Rangers win at this point.
What you don’t always expect to see is a Lacrosse goal attempt from Chris Kreider and Panarin getting into it with Bruins agitator Brad Marchand and throwing a glove at him from the bench.
Let’s start with the latter clip because, really now, who throws a glove? Panarin, apparently.
The two star forwards were having words with one another from their respective benches in the closing seconds when Panarin decided to remove his glove and just chuck it at Marchand. You also have to love the “give it back” gesture from Panarin after willingly throwing his glove.
Panarin and Marchand both received misconduct penalties, and it is a good bet that Panarin will probably be facing at least a fine for throwing a piece of equipment at somebody.
The other unexpected highlight from this game was Kreider’s valiant attempt at the Lacrosse goal, just missing it off the post.
Kreider has been off to a sensational start for the Rangers this season and has been one of the top goal scorers in the league. That would have been one for the highlight reels had he successfully pulled it off.
With Friday’s win the Rangers are now 13-4-3 on the season and in a three-team fight with the Carolina Hurricane and Washington Capitals for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division.
Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.
CHICAGO — Blackhawks forward Boris Katchouk will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a left ankle sprain, the team announced.
The 24-year-old Katchouk played almost 12 minutes during a 3-0 preseason loss to Detroit on Saturday night. He was acquired in a multiplayer trade with Tampa Bay in March.
The Blackhawks open the season on Oct. 12 at Colorado.
The team also said forward Jujhar Khaira is day to day with a right ankle injury.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ducks defenseman Urho Vaakanainen was taken off the Honda Center ice on a stretcher after he crashed into the end boards in the first period of Anaheim’s preseason game against the San Jose Sharks.
The Finnish defenseman was conscious and alert with full movement in his extremities at UCI Medical Center, the Ducks said.
The frightening incident occurred midway through the opening period when Vaakanainen smashed into the boards at a dangerous speed behind the Sharks’ net. Vaakanainen appeared to be concentrating on the pass he had just made to Derek Grant, who scored the Ducks’ opening goal on the assist.
Vaakanainen’s teammates came onto the ice and gathered around him as he was taken away on the stretcher.
The Ducks acquired the 23-year-old Vaakanainen from Boston last March in the deal that sent longtime Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm to the Bruins. After recording two assists in 14 games for the Ducks last season, Vaakanainen is attempting to win a top-six role on Anaheim’s defense this fall.
TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning and team owner Jeff Vinik are donating $2 million toward Hurricane Ian relief efforts.
The NHL team announced that $1 million each will be donated by the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation and the Vinik Family Foundation.
“This is a tragic situation for many families and communities across the state of Florida, but especially so in the southwest region of the state,” Vinik said in a statement released by the team. “In times like these the most important thing we can do is support one another, and we hope this donation will help families recover and rebuild in the months to come.”
Ian made landfall Wednesday on Florida’s Gulf Coast, south of the Tampa Bay area. The Lightning postponed two home preseason games and moved the club’s training camp to Nashville, Tennessee, during the storm.
TORONTO — Rasmus Sandin has signed a two-year, $2.8 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the club announced on Thursday.
The 22-year-old from Sweden was the 29th overall selection in the 2018 draft. Sandin had 16 points in 51 games with Toronto last season. He’s played in 88 career regular-season games, with six goals and 22 assists, and has one goal in five playoff games.
“Got a great set of tools,” fellow defenseman Jake Muzzin said. “With experience, I think they’re only going to get better.”
The signing comes as the Leafs’ blueliners been hit hard by injuries. Muzzin has been dealing with a back issue, and Timothy Liljegren recently had surgery for a hernia.
Toronto then lost Jamie Benn (groin) and Carl Dahlstrom (shoulder) in Wednesday’s 3-0 preseason victory over the Montreal Canadiens, pressing forwards Calle Jarnkrok and Alexander Kerfoot into defensive roles for two periods.