Alexis Lafrenière: “I didn’t even know he could do that”

Alexis Lafrenière: “I didn’t even know he could do that”
Alexis Lafrenière: “I didn’t even know he could do that”

Sunday evening in Florida, Alexis Lafrenière was the highlight of a show that Panthers fans could have done without. More confident than ever since his arrival in the National Hockey League, the New York Rangers forward has impressed more than one.

The Quebecer scored two goals which quickly went around the hockey world. Combining speed and puck-handling skills, the 22-year-old winger made Sergei Bobrovsky, who is one of the best goalies on the planet, look bad.

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“He’s obviously a spectacular player and when he makes plays like [le premier but], you see what he is capable of. For the second one, I didn’t even know he could do that. He was dancing,” described Lafrenière’s trio mate, Vincent Trocheck, to New York Post.

Lafrenière with another little gem! –

“Lafrenière had quite a match. His speed was evident. As soon as he took possession of the puck, he made the difference. He is one of those who stood out the most on our side,” added head coach Peter Laviolette, who also praised Barclay Goodrow, also the author of a double.

Still young

Lafrenière’s breakthrough came during the last regular season when he set personal highs of 28 goals and 57 points. With 12 points in 13 playoff games – a huge contrast to his seven games without a point the previous year – the native of Saint-Eustache proves that he can make the difference.

“He’s a young man,” Trocheck recalled. Last year, there were a few fewer opportunities for him. With more chances, you gain confidence. I definitely saw him in confidence last year. However, I believe that he took another step this year.

The main person concerned keeps both feet on the ground. His work ends up paying off.

“I would say working hard last summer, trying to improve my skating and playing my way. Obviously, playing with [Artemi Panarin] and Trocheck helps a lot,” he humbly said at a press conference.

With their 5-4 victory on Sunday, the Rangers are only two wins away from a place in the final. If Lafrenière continues his momentum, the representatives of the Big Apple can believe it.

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