Panarin scores twice lifting Rangers over Kraken 4-1

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New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin, right, celebrates as Seattle Kraken center Matty Beniers (10) skates away during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

SEATTLE (AP) — Artemi Panarin scored twice, Filip Chytil had three assists and the New York Rangers beat the Seattle Kraken 4-1 on Saturday night.

Kaapo Kakko and Alexis Lafreniere also scored for the Rangers while Jonathan Quick, signed in the offseason as New York’s backup goalie, had 18 saves in his first start for the team.

“Everyone worked, and then we had luck on our side as well,” Panarin said. “Good bounces, good goals.”

Justin Schultz scored for the Kraken, who have scored one goal or fewer in four of their five games this season. Philipp Grubauer had 23 saves.

The Rangers were coming off a 4-1 home loss against Nashville.

“We had a tough last game. We just had to bounce back and this was the best scenario for what could happen,” Chytil said. “It was a good game for us today.”

Schultz gave the Kraken a 1-0 lead with a one-timer from the left circle midway through the first period, his first goal of the season.

The Rangers tied it up less than four minutes later on Panarin’s first goal.

New York scored a pair in the second period to go up 3-1.

With about seven minutes left in the second, Grubauer wasn’t able to control a shot by Jacob Trouba as the puck got past him into the crease, where Kakko was able to knock it into the net. LaFreniere scored his second goal of the season with two minutes left in the period.

“We didn’t execute very well,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said. “We weren’t moving, and we didn’t have a lot of pace to our game. You saw that five on five, you saw that on our power play opportunities. The sharpness and crispness was not there.”

Panarin scored again 5 1/2 minutes into the third period, corralling a bouncing puck and firing it past Grubauer.

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