Artemi Panarin powers Rangers with 5 points to dim Stars
The New York Rangers closed out their four-game road trip with a thrilling 7-4 win against the Dallas Stars. They ended the trip at .500 (2-2) and still haven’t lost three games in regulation this season.
It was a rough start for Igor Shesterkin, who gave up a bad angle goal less than a minute in. The Stars would grab a 2-0 lead just a few minutes later, but Artemi Panarin was not going to see his team lose on this night.
Panarin scored a goal and collected four assists as the visiting New York Rangers overcame an early two-goal deficit and recorded a 7-4 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. It was the third time in his career he registered 5 points.
Recap: Rangers 7 vs Stars 4
Esa Lindell beat Igor Shesterkin with a backhander off a sharp angle 49 seconds in and Tyler Seguin scored on a deflection before 5 minutes in the first period.
The Rangers could’ve wilted but instead dominated the rest of the period by scoring four goals in a span of 5:05.
Greg McKegg started New York’s comeback by deflecting K’Andre Miller’s wrist shot from above the right circle with 10:15 remaining.
Jonny Brodzinski took a stick where the sun doesn’t shine to put the Rangers on the man advantage. Seven seconds into a power play, Zibanejad blasted a slap shot from above the left faceoff circle with 7:01 remaining. Panarin picked up his first point on this tally.
New York took the lead with 5:46 left when Adam Fox tipped in a shot by Jacob Trouba thanks to a great play by Panarin.
The Rangers extended the lead to 4-2 when Panarin got a drop pass from Miller, fended off defenseman Joel Hanley and lifted a wrist shot from the middle of the left circle into the net. It was his 16th goal of the season and the Stars were reeling.
“They got an early one there…but we responded well,” Fox said. ” We got one off the leg, one off the power play and got it going after that. Coming off two losses we have to be pretty hungry.”
Nemeth’s goal counts after review
Jason Robertson’s deflection made it a one-goal game at 7:10 of the second period. There was some controversy on the tally with Shesterkin stating the puck was directed in off his glove. The refs went to the replay and did not see it that way letting the goal stand.
New York took a 5-3 lead with 1:40 left on Patrik Nemeth’s backhander on his third effort. Once again, a review was required as the referee didn’t see the puck actually go in the net before blowing the whistle. Panarin and Dryden Hunt would get the assists.
“It felt like a must win by us,” Hunt said. “I think the guys had enough of these bad starts. It was a huge answer for us to flip that switch… It was nice for us to play the way we did tonight.”
Rangers comeback stands
Joe Pavelski got Dallas within 5-4 by putting a deflection over Shesterkin’s glove 8:09 into the third period.
Ultimately, Shesterkin settled down from the rough start and made 29 saves to pick up his 29th win of the year.
Barclay Goodrow would get the insurance marker with a blast past Jake Oettinger, who let in a career-worst six goals. The Rangers held off some Dallas pressure in their own zone before Filip Chytil made a stretching chip to start the play up ice.
Ryan Strome capped the comeback with an empty-net goal as the Rangers scored seven goals for the second time this season.
“Much better,” Gallant said. “They competed and played hard. I was happy with the response.”
- Igor Shesterkin stopped 29 of 33 shots
- K’Andre Miller picked up 2 assists with a +2
- Jacob Trouba had an assist and was a +3
- Artemi Panarin picked up 5 points (1G – 4A)
- Ryan Strome had 1G and 1A
- Dryden Hunt notched 3 assists
- 12 different Rangers picked up a point
Tomorrow (Sunday, Mar. 13): No Practice
Next Game: Tuesday, Mar. 15 vs. Anaheim Ducks (7:00 PM ET – TV: MSG)
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–Field Level Media contributed to this report