Like so many children rising up in hockey-loving Montreal, Alexis Lafreniere all the time considered what it will be prefer to play in a playoff collection Sport 7.
The 20-year-old winger will get that likelihood Sunday evening when the Rangers face the Penguins on the Backyard to determine which workforce will advance to the second spherical.
Lafreniere, the No. 1-overall decide within the 2020 draft, does so together with his line — alongside fellow rising forwards Filip Chytil and Kaapo Kakko — making a powerful contribution to the Rangers’ postseason success.
“Huge video games clearly, you develop up and also you watch the playoffs and Sport 7s are normally actually enjoyable to observe. To really be capable of play in a single, is a privilege and I’ll try to get pleasure from each second,” Lafreniere mentioned after an non-compulsory apply Saturday in Tarrytown. “Clearly I’ve performed a few video games, a few playoff video games, so simply prepare for an additional recreation.
“Simply watching the Habs rising up in Montreal … it was all the time plenty of enjoyable to observe that. Like I mentioned, simply to play in a single, it’s exhausting to imagine slightly bit. It’s fairly particular.”
Lafreniere closed his second NHL marketing campaign with a flourish, scoring 4 objectives over his closing seven video games, together with his first profession two-goal recreation April 16 in opposition to Detroit. After ending with 19 objectives in 79 appearances, exceeding his rookie complete by seven, he additionally had two objectives and two assists over the primary six video games in opposition to the Penguins, whereas offering vital vitality together with his “Child Line” teammates.
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“I feel it’s going nicely. I feel we’re getting higher enjoying with one another and I’m beginning to discover Kappo and discover Fil slightly simpler,” Lafreniere mentioned. “It’s been good for us simply to have the ability to play like that. I feel we didn’t have that a lot time collectively this yr, however I feel it’s going nicely proper now. So we’ve to maintain going.”
Requested if he’s approaching Sport 7 as “simply one other hockey recreation,” Lafreniere mentioned: “It’s, however on the similar time, it’s an enormous recreation. We have to take a look at it that we’ve to arrange the identical, that it’s the identical recreation, 60 minutes. Nevertheless it’s in all probability our greatest recreation of the yr, so we’ll be prepared. I do know the constructing’s gonna be actually loud. So simply be prepared and luxuriate in it.”