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Rookie on a roll
He’s tallied 39 points (15 goals, 24 assists) in 44 games so far this season–leading the league’s rookies–and has given the Blackhawks two game-winning goals in their past five games. In fact, he’s had at least a point in five games of their recent seven-game win streak, with eight total during that time.
The “Breadman,” as he’s known for his name’s similarity to Panera, has been serving fresh talent in dishes to his teammates or with hot shots past netminders’ baskets.
His line, the Hawks’ “second line” of Panarin, Patrick Kane, and Artem Anisimov, is an offensive authority. Kane has been in the NHL’s three stars of the month twice this season and broken franchise, American, and current player record point streak.
And, there’s no doubt Kane’s streak wouldn’t have neared 26 without his Russian linemates.
Though the English to Russian and vice-versa is a challenge for Kane and Panarin–that line is fluent in the language of hockey.
“He’s one of the best in the league and definitely a great partner and fun to play with,” Panarin told The Buffalo News of Kane. “I can sense the same understanding of the game playing together. I enjoyed him right away. I knew Patrick Kane before I came to play here. Back in Russia, I was watching his game and definitely understood how to play with him.”
Panarin has made his way into the record books himself, by the way. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, with two goals each in back-to-back games Jan. 5th and 6th against the Pittsburgh Penguins–game-winners, no less–he became the first Hawks rookie to score multiple goals in consecutive games since Darryl Sutter in February, 1981 (about 10 years before Panarin was born).
— Stephanie (@myregularface) January 6, 2016
He’s had five goals and three assists in the last seven games–and still gone without a point in two.
The Blackhawks, with their 6-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, walked away with a ‘W’ in their last seven matchups.
7 x 7 7th regular season winning streak of 7+ games for #Blackhawks under Coach Joel Quenneville
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) January 11, 2016
They beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 Jan. 8, took the Penguins 3-1 Jan. 6 at home, and managed an overtime win thanks to Panarin in Pittsburgh Jan. 5. Chicago had a deciding 3-0 win over the Ottawa Senators Jan. 3, a close 4-3 overtime victory over the Avs Dec. 31, and a 7-5 win in Arizona Dec. 29.
In the next week, the Blackhawks:
- Host the Nashville Predators at 7:30 p.m. CT Jan. 12 CSN-CH+, SNE, SNO, SNP
- Visit the Montreal Canadiens at 6:30 p.m. CT Jan. 14 CSN-CH, NBCSN
- Visit the Toronto Maple Leafs at 6:00 p.m. CT Jan. 15 CSN-CH, NHLN-US
- Host the Montreal Canadiens at 6:00 p.m. CT Jan. 17 WGN, SN
- Visit the Nashville Predators at 7:00 p.m. CT Jan. 19 CSN-CH, NBCSN, SN1, SNO
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