Rangers star plans to up his game after ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ moment

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Artemi Panarin is already a rock star in hockey circles for the New York Rangers. But the star forward is upping his game now that he’s broken ground in the world of pop culture outside of Madison Square Garden.

Panarin was written into some dialogue in the latest episode of the HBO comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm” by the show’s creator and star Larry David recently. David is a huge Rangers fan, so he found a way to mention Panarin in a funny scene with co-stars Cheryl Hines and J.B. Smoove.

“You want to talk about the Rangers … how about the way the ‘Breadman’ has played, the way he controls the puck? It’s really amazing isn’t it?,” David says in the show.

The clip, of course, took off on social media and into the Rangers locker room.

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Artemi Panarin reacts to being mentioned in dialogue from ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

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Apparently, the clip never made it’s way to Panarin’s feed, however. But Peter Baugh of The Athletic reported that Rangers defenseman Adam Fox made sure to show it to Panarin.

And the Breadman’s reaction?

“I will try to stick handle better now,” Panarin said.

That probably will make David very happy.

But Panarin has been pretty darn good with stick handling and all other hockey skills this season. The 32-year-old is fourth in the NHL with 108 points and has established career highs in goals (44) and points. He’s currently on a serious heater, with 14 points (six goals, eight assists) on a six-game point streak.

No doubt, David has seen most or all of those points this season. The 76-year-old comedian, who also was a writer for the wildly popular “Seinfeld” sitcom, was born in Brooklyn and is a well known sports fan, with the Rangers and Knicks atop his favorites list. He recently was seen taking in March Madness games in Boston with actor Bill Murray.

Earlier this season, David was gifted a No. 93 Mika Zibanejad Stadium Series jersey, which he proudly displayed before the Rangers defeated the Islanders outdoors at MetLife Stadium in February.

So, David gives as good as he takes. He received the jersey and then made sure to give a shout out to Panarin and the Rangers on his show.

Seems like a pretty, pretty, pretty good deal.

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