NHL News: Panarin powers Rangers, Laine and Roslovic score firsts for Blue Jackets, and Avalanche games postponed

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Feb 4, 2021; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (left) and center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrate their 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers (4-4-2) are at .500 after taking down the Capitals (6-2-3) in NY 4-2. Amid all the noise on and off the ice, they have picked up 7 of their last 8 points and that’s due in large part to Artemi Panarin.

Last night the MVP Finalist picked up three assists. That’s now nine points in his last four games. Panarin is tied for fourth in NHL scoring with 15 points.

“We’ve played good hockey,” head coach David Quinn explained. “I think we’re starting to get a little mojo and feel good about ourselves and gain some confidence. When you get seven out of eight points, you start feeling better about yourself.”

Alex Ovechkin scored in the loss and now has sole possession of 7th all time on the NHL’s goal scoring list (709).

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NHL Scores: Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic notch their first goals in Columbus

It didn’t take Patrik Laine long as he scored his first goal for the Blue Jackets (5-4-3) in his second game. It was a 4-3 win over the Stars that also saw Jack Roslovic (5-2-1) notch his first. Both players were acquired from the Jets in the Pierre-Luc Dubois deal.

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Feb 4, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Patrik Laine (29) skates with the puck against the Dallas Stars in the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

“It always feels good to contribute,” Roslovic, the Ohio native said. “We were more confident as a group, but there were a lot of parts of the game that went back and forth, and we did a good job pushing back when they were pushing forward.”

In other action, Auston Matthews scored goals 8 and 9 on the season as the Maple Leafs (8-2-1) easily got by the Canucks (6-8) 7-3. The Panthers (5-0-2) still have not lost a regulation game but fell in OT to the Predators (5-5) thanks to a Filip Forsberg goal, his sixth on the year.

Remaining scores:

  • Senators (2-8-1) top Canadiens (7-2-2) 3-2
  • Blackhawks (4-4-4) silence Hurricanes (6-2) 6-4
  • Coyotes (4-5-1) beat the Blues (7-3-1) 4-3
  • Jets (7-3-1) take out Flames (4-5-1) 4-1

NHL News: Colorado Avalanche season postponed until 2/11

Last night, the NHL postponed the Avalanche -Wild contest due to COVID. It was the third game postponed on the docket joining Devils – Penguins and Islanders – Sabres.

Colorado will be shut down until February 11th. It was also revealed yesterday that Buffalo Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger tested positive for COVID-19.

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