Artemi Panarin Was "Banged Up" And Played Through an Injury in the Playoffs, According to Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen

By Rob Mixer on April 26, 2018 at 4:54 pm
Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin
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It's no secret: everyone is playing through something late in the season.

You've played 82 regular season games and the playoffs are an intense grind, and hockey players will do whatever they can to stay in the fight. Artemi Panarin is no exception.

NBC's cameras caught Panarin getting medical attention on the Blue Jackets' bench early in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup playoffs series against the Washington Capitals. Panarin was in visible discomfort – looked like a knee problem – but he remained in the game and finished the series.

Neither the club or John Tortorella commented on Panarin's injury during the series, but Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen confirmed in his end-of-season press conference that Panarin was indeed playing hurt.

"He had an injury that game (Game 5) and he played banged in the playoffs, but that's it (for an update)," Kekalainen said. 

Aaron Portzline of The Athletic first reported, via Panarin's agent, that there was an injury suffered during the postseason.

Panarin had seven points (two goals, five assists) in the first three games of the season, but was held off the scoresheet in the final three games.

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