BOSTON – Artemi Panarin had a full six minutes in penalty kicks in 42 games for the Rangers last season. In Friday’s game against the Boston Bruins, he had the double, getting a high sticking minor in the second period and then a 10-minute misconduct in the final seconds of the game, to throw his glove after the Bruins’ agitator Brad Marchand.
Panarin and Marchand were sitting on their respective benches as Marchand – who has a reputation for getting under the skin of opposing players, sometimes with dirty play, but often with things he says – began to tweet to Panarin. The two got up and yelled briefly at each other, and the gentle Panarin took off his left glove and threw it at Marchand.
Both players received misconduct penalties at 7:48 p.m. in the third period.
Panarin’s linebacker, Ryan Strome, declined at the post-match press conference to reveal what Marchand said to Panarin. Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said he did not know what was being said.
“I have no idea,” Gallant said. “I’m at the other end of the bench and I have no idea.”
Marchand was asked at the Bruins’ press conference if he had ever had a glove thrown at him before.
“Yes, the one who took me a bit off guard. I’ve had a lot of things thrown at me, but usually not by players,” he said.
When asked what he said to Panarin, Marchand smiled.
“We just asked each other what Thanksgiving dinner was like and he did not like what I ate,” he said.
Notes and quotes: Chris Kreider looked to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead of 7:28 in the third period with a lacrosse shot behind the left goal post. The referee ruled that the puck had gone in and the game stopped while the game was checked out on video replay. The replay showed that the puck had not gone in. . . Gallant used the same lineup as on Wednesday, which meant Igor Shesterkin started in goal (34 saves) and striker Greg McKegg and Ds Jarred Tinordi and Libor Hajek were scratched.
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