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Rangers’ Artemi Panarin continues strongest scoring start of career

Artemi Panarin has no less than one level in every of the Rangers’ first 5 video games this season, marking the strongest begin of his eight-year NHL profession.

His five-game hitting streak is the longest of its sort by a Ranger since Brad Richards’ scorching begin to the 2011-12 season. Panarin’s 11 factors (three objectives and eight assists) additionally tied the Rangers document set by Rod Gilbert in 1971–72 for the best whole in 5 video games of a season.

Solely 4 Rangers within the final 20 years have recorded an extended streak of consecutive video games with some extent. Marion Gáborik had eight straight video games with some extent within the 2009-10 season. Within the 2006-07 season, Jaromir Jagr, Brendan Shanahan and Michael Nylander scored factors in six consecutive video games.

Nonetheless, as is widespread with star gamers, flaws are simpler to identify.

Artemi Panarin #10 of the New York Rangers skates against the San Jose Sharks at Madison Square Garden on October 20, 2022 in New York.  The Sharks beat the Rangers 3-2 in overtime.
Artemi Panarin has scored no less than one level in each sport for the reason that begin of the NHL season.
Photograph: Bruce Bennett/Getty Pictures

Panarin has had three uncontested shutouts this season, none resulting in a objective. Star goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy saved the primary, which got here within the second interval towards the Lightning within the season opener. The second was a jack-in-the-box play from the penalty field that Panarin missed within the first interval towards the Jets three nights later.

And in Monday’s first interval towards the Geese, Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin despatched a shocking leadoff cross to Panarin, who didn’t convert.

Given the tempo he is been going, Panarin has an actual probability to interrupt 100 factors for the primary time in his profession. He had a career-high 96 factors on 22 objectives and 74 assists final season, which was six shy of the franchise document.

If Panarin can get a number of of these breaks to finish up behind the online, his confidence will seemingly rise, as will his level whole.

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