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After upper-body injury, New York Rangers’ leading scorer Artemi Panarin ‘ready to go’ in Round 1

NEW YORK — Leading scorer Artemi Panarin was back at practice on Sunday and will return to the New York Rangers lineup on Tuesday, when they open up their first-round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Panarin left the Rangers’ 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes last Tuesday at Madison Square Garden with an upper-body injury.

Linemate Andrew Copp (lower-body) also left in the second period of that loss and did not return for the Rangers, who settled for the No. 2 seed in the Metropolitan Division as a result of the loss.

Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said after the loss that he didn’t believe either injury was serious, and that both players could have returned. But given the situation, with the playoffs on the horizon, the club wanted to be “cautious.” Gallant followed through with that strategy and sat both players in the regular season’s final two games.

But both were back on the ice Sunday, and should be in line for their traditional roles Tuesday at home vs. the Penguins.

“I feel the best I have all year. I’m ready to go. Emotions are pretty high,” Panarin told reporters after practice. “I’m just excited, and then of course, if in your head everything is right, your body feels better.”

Panarin, a staple on the No. 1 power play unit, was the team’s leading scorer in the regular season, with 96 points. He averaged 19:06 time on the ice. Copp, acquired at the trade deadline from the Winnipeg Jets, has flourished playing with Panarin. In 16 regular-season games with New York, he had eight goals and 18 points.

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“It was not a severe injury by any means,” said Copp, who gets to play in the postseason after a season that started with the now-eliminated Jets.

The resurgent Rangers, who hired Gallant last offseason after dismissing coach David Quinn, are back in the playoffs after missing altogether last season and losing in the postseason bubble’s play-in round the year before to the Hurricanes. New York challenged for the No. 1 seed in the East most of this…


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