New York Rangers' Artemi Panarin, left, scores against Minnesota Wild's Alex Stalock during the shootout of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. The Rangers won 4-3.
(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Artemi Panarin finishes the New York Rangers two-goal third-period comeback win with a filthy shootout goal in Minnesota.

It didn’t take anybody special to predict the reactions to a specific NHL goal on Thursday night. One city jeered while another cheered. Minnesota claimed foul while New York couldn’t say anything but “wow.”

Artemi Panarin’s shootout goal—that helped cap a New York Rangers 4-3 shootout victory—was a gem of controversy.

Slowly traveling into the Minnesota Wild zone, already up 1-0 in the shootout, Panarin showcased those brilliant hands, deking back and forth what seemed like 250 times. Eventually, goaltender Alex Stalock caved and Panarin hit the open net.

Although the goal was reviewed, the officials determined Panarin’s path as sideways, not backward, thus capping the New York Rangers’ comeback victory.

Alexandar Georgiev—starting for the injured Igor Shesterkin—stopped 23 of the 26 shots he faced, including all in the third period. That was key thanks to New York’s offense waking up late.

Down 3-1, Pavel Buchnevich tallied one at the 11:51 mark, and Mika Zibanejad came up with the equalizer—a beauty of a deflection—with just 1:06 to go in regulation.

Those two goals, a scoreless overtime period and a Zibanejad shootout goal to kick things off set the stage for the Bread Man and another Rangers victory, their third-straight and fourth over their last five contests.

Speaking of Panarin, it was his 29th of the season in the first period that knotted things up at one goal apiece.

Next up for the Blueshirts will be the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Friday night before they return home for a Sunday matinee against the NHL’s best, the Boston Bruins.

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