The New York Rangers spoiled the Chicago Blackhawks’ banner raising in October, but Artemi Panarin helped his team return the favor as he notched a hat trick in a 5-3 victory.
The hat trick was the first of his career, and it gives Panarin 22 goals on the season. Patrick Kane also notched an assist in the game, his 49th of the year.
Less than four minutes into the game, the Blackhawks were able to get on the board first. On a puck that went deep into the offensive zone, Teuvo Teravainen won the race to the corner, grabbed the puck, and fired a pass to the front of the net, giving Andrew Desjardins an easy redirection shot for the goal to put the Rangers up 1-0.
Early in the second period, it looked like the Rangers had tied things up, but the goal was ultimately disallowed. Dan Girardi fired a slap shot that got past Corey Crawford, but after Joel Quenneville challenged the call, it was ruled that Chris Kreider interfered with the Hawks’ netminder, negating the goal and keeping Chicago in front.
A few minutes later, the Blackhawks took full advantage and scored again. This time it was Panarin doing the honors, as he blasted a slap shot past a screened Henrik Lundqvist to put the Blackhawks ahead by two goals.
Late in the second period, the Rangers took advantage of a turnover by Erik Gustafsson to finally get on the board. After the defenseman coughed up the puck along the boards, Oscar Lindberg fired a pass to the front of the Blackhawks’ net, and Kevin Hayes was able to pound it home to cut Chicago’s lead to 2-1.
After Vincent Hinostroza picked up a double-minor for high sticking late in the second period, Derrick Brassard tied the game up at 2-2. He lifted a wrist shot over Crawford’s glove from the top of the slot, and in the blink of an eye the Rangers knotted the game up.
Just a few minutes later, the Rangers scored another power play goal to take the lead. After Kevin Hayes put a shot on net, Crawford was forced to scramble in his crease, and Dan Boyle cleaned up the mess as he pounded home the rebound to put the Rangers in front 3-2.
The Blackhawks weren’t done after giving up their lead, tying things up just a few minutes later. Once again Teravainen was the table-setter for the Blackhawks, as he got into the offensive zone and dished a pass over to Andrew Shaw in the middle of the ice. The winger was able to deflect a shot in between Lundqvist’s pads, and the Hawks tied things up at 3-3 with about 10 minutes to go.
Late in the game, the Blackhawks got a power play after a Keith Yandle penalty, and they converted to take the lead. A stretch pass from Brent Seabrook barely evaded Kane in the offensive zone, but the winger was able to get the puck back. Skating below the goal line, the winger flipped a backhand pass back to the front, and Panarin buried a shot past Lundqvist to make it 4-3.
Just a few minutes later, the Blackhawks sealed the victory, and it was Panarin finishing off the hat trick. He won a race against Yandle to get to the puck, and he buried it into the empty net to give the Blackhawks their second straight win.
After a quick trip to Washington, DC to visit with the president on Thursday, the Blackhawks will head to Minnesota for their outdoor contest Sunday afternoon against the Wild.