Artemi Panarin is not a Brad Marchand fan. pic.twitter.com/apZwFhj0jQ— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) November 26, 2021
Today's #NYR practice observations are in— Vince Z. Mercogliano (@vzmercogliano) November 27, 2021
- Artemi Panarin tells his side of the Marchand beef
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- Gallant makes it clear he's going to ride Igor if he keeps winning
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"I didn’t really understand what he said iin the moment because we had a little conversation with bad energy," Panarin said. "Then I hear something about Russia in that moment, and then with that energy, that can’t be something good about Russia. So, that's why I lose my mind and then I did what I did."
A person close to the situation told lohud.com, part of the USA TODAY Network, that Marchand touched a nerve with Panarin by evoking unfounded assault allegations made against him by former KHL coach Andrei Nazarov in February. He was accused of beating a young woman in 2011, but the accusations have been widely dispelled and were believed to be politically motivated.
The person said that Marchand brought up Russian president Vladimir Putin, whom Panarin has been openly critical of in the past, and taunted Panarin by saying, "Nobody in your country likes you."
Panarin reacted by throwing his glove at Marchand from the bench and motioning for him to come at him, which resulted in a $5,000 fine by the NHL's Department of Player Safety for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Marchand was not fined, which Panarin said was "not (an) honest" decision from the league.
"I just can’t control myself after those words," he said. "It’s important to think that I didn’t start it. I didn’t say good things about him, too, but I think when you touch country, it’s different. Probably all Russians would want to defend their country."
Panarin, who's tied with Adam Fox for the team lead with 21 points this season, admitted that he's guilty of talking smack to opponents on occasion. But he said he keeps the focus on individual play, expressing his belief that personal attacks cross the line and reflect poorly on the game.
"In the NHL, lots of people say bad words sometimes," he said. "(But) how do we want to be as humans? For kids and everybody, we have to be good examples. Because, as athletes, lots of kids watch us. In the last five, 10 years, trash talk is pretty popular. … But I think a balance is important."
While he had a serious message he wanted to get across, Panarin was mostly lighthearted while discussing the incident. He even joked about the insignificance of the fine given his annual salary.
"I lost 5K, but thanks to the old general manager (Jeff Gorton) for $11.6 (million)," he said with a smile. "I’m good."
What did Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand say to make Artemi Panarin big mad enough to throw one of his gloves at the B's bench? https://t.co/NmawzE4jiL— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) November 27, 2021
Can I also say, for the record, that New York Rangers fans might be the biggest crybabies in the league rooting for a team that hasn’t won jack in almost 30 years? I am impressed at the sheer amount of crybaby soup they spill over their hockey team. The cherry on top of the sundae? Panarin was fined $5,000 by the NHL Department of Player Safety just as I said he would much to the dismay of so many screaming, uninformed fans of the Blueshirts.
More later tonight, but hearing Montreal has permission to talk to former NYR Jeff Gorton. Do not believe this is for the GM position, but another role. We will see how it develops.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 27, 2021
Hearing that Scott Mellanby had extensive talks with Habs owner Geoff Molson at first about becoming GM, then that changed to perhaps becoming president of hockey operations. But he was told yesterday he was out of the running. So he resigned today.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) November 28, 2021
With Geoff Molson receiving permission to talk to Jeff Gorton, I’m assuming that’s for a president of hockey job in mind if indeed it goes that way. I’m not assuming anything at this point.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) November 28, 2021
Also, how long does Molson keep Marc Bergevin in a lame duck situation as GM?
Lemieux bites Tkachuk in a scrum and is given a 5 minute match penalty. pic.twitter.com/Ym0mqQ3Jun— Alex Metzger (@nhlsensandstuff) November 28, 2021