New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin explained to reporters why he threw his glove at Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand with 12 seconds left in the Blueshirts' 5-2 road win over the B's on Friday.
"I didn't really understand what he said in the moment because we had a little conversation with bad energy," Panarin said Saturday.
"Then I hear something about Russia in that moment, and then with that energy, that can't be something good about Russia. So, that's why I lose my mind and then I did what I did."
Panarin was born and raised in Korkino, located in Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia.