Top Ad
I DIG Radio
www.idigradio.com
Listen live to the best music from around the world!
I DIG Style
www.idigstyle.com
Learn about the latest fashion styles and more...

How the Rangers' 'Kid Line' has sparked New York's offense

Written by 
Published in Hockey
Friday, 20 May 2022 08:15

It was a moment when youthful exuberance met Stanley Cup playoffs euphoria.

Facing elimination in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New York Rangers were staging a rally. As they had for most of the first-round series, the trio christened "The Kid Line" -- 20-year-old left wing Alexis Lafrenière, 21-year-old right wing Kaapo Kakko and 22-year-old center Filip Chytil -- acted as the accelerant to turn a spark of momentum into an offensive explosion.

It began with a pass attempt from Kakko from behind the Penguins' net to Lafrenière, as Pittsburgh defenders closed in.

"You can always try. So I tried," Kakko said.

"He found me with that backhand sauce," Lafrenière said.

Lafrenière's one-timer goal tied the game late in the second period, and the Rangers would eventually win en route to a stunning seven-game series victory. As the goal horn blared, Lafrenière spun away from the crease, punched the air and screamed as he raised his arms to a frenzied crowd that was already out of their seats.

"His emotion in the game, it carried over. With the home crowd that we have, it was special," Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said, smiling. "They better do it again next game."

In most games in this playoff run for the Rangers, it's been The Kid Line making things happen, if not on the scoreboard than in setting the tone for the veterans on the team.

"We're having a lot of fun. But every shift matters. That's what makes it so much fun," Lafrenière said.

Read 31 times

Soccer

Sources: USMNT's Steffen close to Boro loan

Sources: USMNT's Steffen close to Boro loan

United States men's national team and Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen is expected to join En...

Sources: Man Utd to pip Lyon to Malacia deal

Sources: Man Utd to pip Lyon to Malacia deal

Manchester United are trying to pip Lyon to the signing of Netherlands left-back Tyrell Malacia, sou...

Ten Hag takes first Man United training session with Ronaldo, other stars missing

Ten Hag takes first Man United training session with Ronaldo, other stars missing

Erik ten Hag took charge of his first training session as head coach of Manchester United as his new...

Basketball

Sources: Westbrook will pick up $47.1M option

Sources: Westbrook will pick up $47.1M option

Los Angeles Lakers star Russell Westbrook is planning to exercise his $47.1 million option for the 2...

Sources: Jazz finalizing deal with Celtics' Hardy

Sources: Jazz finalizing deal with Celtics' Hardy

The Utah Jazz are finalizing a five-year contract with Boston Celtics assistant Will Hardy to make h...

Baseball

Sources: Harper to get surgery for broken thumb

Sources: Harper to get surgery for broken thumb

Bryce Harper will undergo surgery to stabilize his broken left thumb, sources told ESPN, confirming...

Braves' Jansen to IL due to irregular heartbeat

Braves' Jansen to IL due to irregular heartbeat

The Atlanta Braves have placed closer Kenley Jansen on the 15-day injured list with an irregular hea...

Sports Leagues

  • FIFA

    Fédération Internationale de Football Association
  • NBA

    National Basketball Association
  • ATP

    Association of Tennis Professionals
  • MLB

    Major League Baseball
  • ITTF

    International Table Tennis Federation

About Us

I Dig® is a leading global brand that makes it more enjoyable to surf the internet, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information.  Today I Dig® attracts millions of users every month.

 

Phone: (800) 737. 6040
Fax: (800) 825 5558
Website: www.idig.com
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Affiliated