Alexis Lafrenière is aware of a factor or two about massive moments. The child from Quebec has a knack for rising to the event on hockey’s greatest levels.
Thursday evening, with the Rangers on a four-game schneid (and 1-4-1 to start out the season), sitting within the East Division’s basement and desperately needing a win, Lafrenière did his factor.
With the sport in time beyond regulation and after a turnover within the impartial zone, he took off for the web and buried a move from Colin Blackwell for his first NHL objective.
“It is fairly loopy,” Lafrenière stated postgame through Zoom of the objective that gave the Rangers a 3-2 victory. “Extra time, a game-winning objective, it was actually particular and I am going to always remember this second for certain.”
After going scoreless in his first six NHL video games, Lafrenière — as he famous — now has some weight taken off his shoulders. The No. 1 decide in October entered the league with excessive expectations. Whereas he was pointless till Thursday evening, he additionally was getting alternatives, with 21 shot makes an attempt and 12 scoring possibilities (seven high-danger), per Natural Stat Trick.
He had a lot of possibilities Thursday to get that all-important first marker, however Sabres netminder Linus Ullmark stoned him every time — till he did not. According to Sportsnet Stats, the 19-year-old ahead is “the primary participant chosen first total within the NHL Draft to have his first profession NHL objective happen in OT.”
“Clearly all people talks about his world-class expertise however this man’s a ballsy child. He actually is,” Rangers head coach David Quinn stated. “I do not care if he is the primary decide or the 217th decide, he is a ballsy child. He is a child you need to be round.”
With the monkey now off the child’s again, Quinn hopes for giant issues from his rookie sensation. As he famous, pulling a quote from Rangers legend Mike Gartner, who equated objectives with bananas, when a sniper scores that first one, they normally are available bunches.
“The factor I liked about him, he by no means received annoyed,” stated Quinn. “He type of knew that, finally, he was going to attain a objective, he was going to get rewarded for doing the issues he is doing. and that is what occurred.”