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FORMER NHLER, PANARIN ACCUSER ANDREI NAZAROV COMES TO TOM WILSON'S DEFENCE

MAY 4, 2021  (9H28)      TIM TUCKER
Former NHLer and known Artemi Panarin hater Andrei Nazarov is coming to the defence of Tom Wilson after his antics caused a huge uproar in the hockey world Monday night. Wilson is being criticized for punching Pavel Buchnevich in the back of the head while he was lying face-down on the ice, and then slamming Panarin when the New York Rangers star player tried to come to his teammate's defence.

"I watched the match between the Rangers and Washington with pleasure. An exciting game in every sense, turned upside down by Capitals forward Tom Wilson," Nazarov told Championat.com. "A person who can fight and play effectively. A very helpful hockey player."

"Tired of repeating that hockey fights are part of the business, they sell well in the NHL," continued Nazarov. "I would not be surprised if sales of T-shirts with the Wilson surname increase significantly. There is nothing surprising in Tom's behavior, just look at the final score on the scoreboard."

There are very few fans who would not agree with the statement that fights are a part of the game. Wilson is, indeed, a good hockey player who can be very valuable to his team. However, when he goes off, he tends to cross a line that the NHL just can't allow. It has already been announced that Panarin will not return to the Rangers this season after the hard slam to the ice by Wilson. The NHL has fined Wilson $5000, but he has avoided any suspension.

Nazarov played in 571 regular season NHL games and collected 1,409 penalty minutes before retiring. He then moved on to coach in Russia's KHL and served as bench boss for Chekhov Vityaz when Panarin was playing there. Nazarov, a known supporter of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, has repeatedly and publicly criticized Panarin for his outspoken beliefs regarding Putin's regime. Earlier this year, he accused Panarin of assaulting an 18-year-old woman back in 2011 at a bar. Without actual evidence or a victim coming forward, the accusations did not stick, although Nazarov continued to insist that he was telling the truth. Former teammates of Panarin from 2011 came forward to state the story was not true.

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NHL STATS
SEASON
2020-2021GPGAPTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
+4
533268100
LEON DRAISAITL
+2
53304979
BRAD MARCHAND
+2
52283967
MITCH MARNER
+1
54204767
NATHAN MACKINNON
47204565
AUSTON MATTHEWS
+1
50402565
PATRICK KANE
54154964
SIDNEY CROSBY
55243862
MIKKO RANTANEN
+1
49303161
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
+2
55204161
MARK STONE
53213960
ARTEMI PANARIN
42174158
MARK SCHEIFELE
+2
53203858
ALEKSANDER BARKOV
+1
49263157
SEBASTIAN AHO
55243357
JAKE GUENTZEL
56233457
NICKLAS BACKSTROM
54153853
ALEX DEBRINCAT
50292352
MAX PACIORETTY
48242751
DAVID PERRON
53163551
  COMPLETE STATS
NHL STATS
YESTERDAY
MAY 8, 2021 G A PTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
1 3 4
REILLY SMITH
3 - 3
TIM STUTZLE
3 - 3
ALEXANDER WENNBERG
3 - 3
CONNOR BROWN
1 2 3
PHIL KESSEL
1 2 3
PAVEL BUCHNEVICH
- 3 3
SETH JONES
- 3 3
LEON DRAISAITL
2 - 2
CHRISTIAN DVORAK
2 - 2
  COMPLETE RESULTS