Artemi Panarin united the hockey world on Black Friday.
The New York Rangers were facing the Boston Bruins in a Black Friday NHL showdown on November 26th. The Rangers won the game by a 5-2 score at TD Garden. Artemi Panarin opened the scoring in the first period and went viral for something else entirely in the third period.
The game got ugly in the final minutes when several scrums broke out. Even the players on the benches started chirping with one another. Rangers’ forward Panarin had enough of the chirping from one Bruins’ forward.
Bruins’ agitator Brad Marchand started chirping at Panarin from the bench. Panarin put an end to Marchand’s yapping pretty quickly. Panarin took off his glove and threw it at Marchand, hitting him in the ribs.
Artemi Panarin is not a Brad Marchand fan. pic.twitter.com/apZwFhj0jQ
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) November 26, 2021
Panarin received a 10-minute misconduct for his actions. The NHL may fine Panarin for the glove throw, but it’s unlikely Breadman will be suspended.
There appears to be more to Panarin throwing his glove at Marchand than meets the eye. Marchand reportedly said something to Panarin that triggered the glove throw. Here’s what Marchand said to Panarin, according to the Athletic.
“According to a source, Marchand made some Russian-centric comments toward Panarin along the lines of “no one likes you there” while bringing up Russian President Vladimir Putin, of whom Panarin has been critical in the past. Panarin clearly had enough…”
Rangers forward Ryan Strome was asked about Panarin’s glove throw after the game. “No comment. It’ll come out someday”, said Strome.
Reporters asked Marchand after the game about what happened between him and Panarin. “We were just talking about what we had for Thanksgiving dinner”, replied Marchand. “He didn’t like what I ate”.
Marchand on the glove throw by Panarin: “We were just talking about what we had for Thanksgiving dinner. He didn’t like what I ate.” #NYR
— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) November 26, 2021
Marchand is one of the most universally hated players in the NHL, so it’s no surprise social media had a field day with Panarin’s glove throw. Here’s some of the best reactions to Panarin’s glove throw on Marchand:
Panarin just became a hero to hockey fans around the world pic.twitter.com/ywc1duqi5F
— Tim Dubya (@Burga17) November 26, 2021
Give Panarin the Hart Trophy right now. https://t.co/8XJryMtUXn
— Second City Hockey (@2ndCityHockey) November 26, 2021
that’s animal abuse throwing things at rats
— Hunter (@hunterhoward01) November 26, 2021
Breadman was just trying to give a rat a snack.
— lara merkel ross (@laramerkelross) November 26, 2021
It was American Thanksgiving on Thursday, but Panarin certainly wasn’t in the giving mood on the ice against Boston. While this rivalry has developed some bad blood, the Rangers and Bruins unfortunately don’t meet again until April 22nd, 2022.