Rangers forward Panarin scored two points in seven NHL playoff games.
The first round of the NHL playoffs this season has been an insurmountable obstacle for many Russians. So far, Dmitry Orlov (Boston Bruins), Vladislav Namestnikov (Winnipeg Jets), Alexander Georgiev, Valery Nichushkin (both Colorado Avalanche), Vladislav Gavrikov (Los Angeles Kings), Kirill Kaprizov (Minnesota Wild), Semyon Varlamov, Ilya Sorokin, Alexander Romanov (all – New York Islanders), Andrey Vasilevsky, Nikita Kucherov and Mikhail Sergachev (all – “Tampa Bay Lightning”).
Now this list is replenished with three Russian league stars from the New York Rangers – Igor Shesterkin, Vladimir Tarasenko and Artemy Panarin. The Blueshirts squandered their advantage too easily after two back-to-back wins against the New Jersey Devils at the start of the series, then had to save themselves and bring the game into game seven. The last game was the essence of the entire series: the stars and leaders of the Rangers literally evaporated and did not even appear in the playoffs, and the Devils, thanks to their characters and hard work, achieved the desired result and won the first. Stanley Cup series since 2012.
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Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin were among the main objects of criticism from Rangers fans. The first is the team’s best sniper according to the regular season results, and the second is the championship’s best assistant and goalscorer in the blue shirts camp. But in the playoffs, both seemed to have been replaced. Zibanejad scored just one goal in seven games, Panarin scored just two (and they scored in the first game of the series, followed by – six games in a row without any effective action).
“Panarin is a scammer. The second highest paid NHL player has scored just two points in the playoffs, hasn’t scored a single puck, isn’t working defensively. He’s a ghost. He also has a bigger contract than Auston. Matthews and Leon Draisaitl,” – on social networks Expressed by one of the “Rangers” fans.
And there are hundreds of comments like this. Some fans of Blueshirts even demand to get rid of Panarin, but it is clear that behind such statements there is nothing but emotions.
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The anger at Panarin’s performance is understandable. The management of the wealthy New York club did a great job in the trading market, buying Patrick Kane and Vladimir Tarasenko with great difficulty, ensuring that both Rangers had a personnel advantage and significant support in the person of Panarin. Friends. In fact, it turned out that Kane and Tarasenko were much more successful than Artemy. Outstanding American 6 points (1+7), Tarasenko 4 points (3+1). If their appearance on the site was recorded, no one saw active actions from Panarin.
Igor Shesterkin was most offended by the glorious failure of the Rangers, who was previously included in the list of the main contenders of the Stanley Cup. The Russian goalkeeper was perhaps the only one who really wanted to move on to the next stage of the tournament and did everything possible for this. Not only did Six carry out urgent missions and regularly save his crew, but also tried to add effectiveness to the attack. It probably says a lot about the team’s offensive future once the goalkeeper takes the initiative. It’s good that the rangers understand that.
Now, the number of Russians fighting for the Stanley Cup has drastically decreased. After the first round, at best, six representatives of Russia will take the trophy: Sergey Bobrovsky (Florida Panthers), Ilya Samsonov (Toronto Maple Leafs), Ivan Barbashev (Vegas Golden Knights), Evgeny Dadonov (Dallas Stars) ), Klim Kostin (Edmonton Oilers) , Petr Kochetkov (Carolina Hurricanes). And that number will inevitably dwindle with the conference finals.
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