Artemi Panarin's patience pans out in Rangers' Game 2 win over Penguins

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Artemi Panarin skates with puck, blue jersey, Penguins Game 2
Artemi Panarin skates with puck, blue jersey, Penguins Game 2

Artemi Panarin had his stamp on three of the Rangers' five goals in their win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of the first round Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. It was a much-needed bounce-back game for him after a tough Game 1 performance from him specifically.

But Panarin, being the team guy that he is, didn't want to talk about his great game afterwards... even if he does like the spotlight.

“I, of course, do love talking about myself but let’s keep the conversation about the team," he said through a translator as he grinned a bit.

Panarin knows that he deserved the first star in Game 2, and rightfully so. Because, if it weren't for his patience with the puck on his blade, the Rangers might not have gotten off to the start they did.

In Game 1, that patience wasn't a virtue for Panarin. He seemed to be off by just a hair and it cost some good chances for the Rangers. There were opportunities to shoot but he elected to wait for the pass instead.

This time, though, it panned out for him. Andrew Copp's first goal of the playoffs to open scoring in this one came as Panarin took a Justin Braun pass and made his way toward the left side of the net.

The entire building wanted him to shoot, but Copp was making his way toward the slot and the pass was pinpoint. 1-0.

Then, the Rangers finally got themselves on a power play for the first time since Adam Fox buried the first goal of the playoffs in the first period of Game 1. The same can be seen here: Panarin works with Fox this time to be patient, and Panarin ends up flicking it to Fox who one-times it just for Ryan Strome to tip it home.

And as things got rolling for The Breadman, luck came his way. He looked like he was passing the puck later in the game, but it went off John Marino's skate to make it 4-2.

"I was actually more [looking] at [Jacob] Trouba and trying to get a pass to him, but I accidentally hit the skate of the opposing player and it went in," Panarin said.

No, Panarin doesn't want to talk about it, but it certainly was an important performance for him after Game 1's lackluster showing.

He'll hope to carry that momentum to Game 3.