Rangers rookies Alexis Lafreniere, Okay’Andre Miller had it tough in debuts
Rangers rookies Alexis Lafreniere and Okay’Andre Miller obtained their first style of the NHL — and it was bitter.
Igor Shesterkin, who’s technically a rookie regardless of the 12-game regular-season cameo he had final season, would in all probability say the identical of his first opening evening begin as he allowed 4 targets within the Rangers’ shutout loss to the Islanders at Madison Sq. Backyard on Thursday.
However head coach David Quinn mentioned he desires his younger gamers to be taught from losses like this, it simply could also be coming lots prior to he thought.
“It’s an ideal studying lesson for a younger participant to play in opposition to a crew like that,” Quinn mentioned on a Zoom name after 4-0 loss. “[The Islanders] epitomize what a professional is at this stage. It’s not a lot going out and making an ideal play, it’s taking part in sensible hockey and typically you come off from a shift and nothing occurs, that’s an excellent shift.
“Sadly for us proper now, after one evening, that’s not how we wish to method it however I believe it was an ideal lesson for these younger guys.”
Miller, who made his NHL debut on the second defensive pairing with Jacob Trouba, recorded one shot in slightly below 14 minutes of ice time. He dedicated a turnover early within the second interval that left Shesterkin out to dry as Islanders captain Anders Lee transformed on a two-on-one rush for a 2-0 rating.
“Clearly, the Nationwide Hockey League is a tricky league to win in,” Quinn mentioned. “So I believe simply this primary sport is an effective instance of that, that each sport goes to be a battle. You’ve obtained to play the total 60 minutes and hopefully make it out on the opposite aspect.”
Lafreniere had an analogous exhibiting to Miller, with one shot on purpose in roughly 15 ½ minutes of ice time, totally on the third line with Filip Chytil and Julin Gauthier. In a sport the place rookie errors had been being dedicated all through the lineup, Lafreniere was no exception when he performed the puck whereas making a change and obtained the Rangers referred to as for a too many males on the ice penalty towards the tip of the primary interval.
The 2020 first-overall choose dedicated his second penalty of the evening when he was referred to as for hooking at 14:13 of the second interval, which led to a Jordan Eberle power-play purpose roughly 50 seconds later.
“For positive, lot of nerves,” Lafreniere mentioned. “After a pair shifts, [I] felt higher. Making an attempt to work as arduous as I can, clearly robust first sport. However we’ll get higher and we’ll work on our sport and attempt to bounce again on Saturday.”
The Rangers had been 0-for-3 on the facility play, however their eight penalties allowed the Islanders to document two power-play targets.
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