Thursday, February 18, 2016

Watch: Yandle's Late Slash on Panarin Sends Him Flying into Boards

After Artemin Panarin buried this empty-netter to seal the Blackhawks 5-3 win over the Rangers on Wednesday night in Manhattan, Keith Yandle let his frustration get the best of him and followed through on a slash that knocked Panarin's skate out from under him and sent him flying into the boards. The hit was late, dirty and unecessary. It looks like Yandle is in the process of trying to use his stick to defend, but he's barely in the process of taking it back when Panarin scores. After the shot is fired Yandle doesn't let up and knocks Panarin into the wall.

Yandle was not given a penalty on the play, and for some reason, the Chicago players on the ice at the time elected to let it go rather than go after Yandle with fists flying.

Yandle took a holding penalty on Jonathan Toews late in the third period that lead to the game-winner for Chicago. Was this a case of frustration of having cause the loss boiling over? Does the league look at this play and consider a suspension even though Panarin looked to be fine?

Notes: Panarin notched his first career hat-trick in the game and became the first Blackhawk rookie to score a hat-trick in 14 years... Panarin now leads the rookie scoring race and is ranked 5th in the entire NHL in points with 57... Panarin is the first NHL rookie to hit the 20-goal mark this season and the first Blackhawk rookie to score 20 goals in a season since Kris Versteeg did so in the 2008-2009 season.