Artemi Panarin’s passing skills put Rangers in the crucial phase

DETROIT — Recently acquired forward Andrew Copp’s first impression of Artemi Panarin was the same as that of many others: There’s no other player like him.

So when he dealt the puck to the Rangers star winger coming into the offensive zone in Wednesday night’s three-on-three game against the Red Wings, Copp immediately joined the onslaught. Panarin hit Copp straight to the tape to give Rangers a 5-4 win at Little Caesars Arena.

“Copper made a good pass and then I was surprised when I [lifted] my head me [saw] him through the back door,” Panarin said after the win. “He has good speed, which is nice.”

Rangers are now 4-3 in games decided in overtime this season, with two of those wins coming in their last three matchups.

Artemi Panarin provided a vital assist in Rangers’ win on Wednesday.

Copp positioned himself midway between Panarin and Dryden Hunt for the second game in a row, with Ryan Strome still sidelined with an undisclosed lower body injury he sustained against the Sabers on Sunday. Panarin said he thinks they have played well together since their union.

At 8:22 Ice Age, the trio had a 4-3 scoring odds advantage, according to the Natural Stat trick, as well as a 2-1 advantage on dangerous opportunities.

Forward Greg McKegg, who had been a healthy scratch in the previous four games, withdrew into the lineup in place of Jonny Brodzinski.

Rangers have broken the 90-point mark for the first time since the 2016-17 season, when they recorded 102, and it’s the 24th time in franchise history. Artemi Panarin’s passing skills put Rangers in the crucial phase


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