New York Rangers Lias Andersson
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New York Rangers rookie Lias Andersson scored his first NHL goal on Monday night and his family was there to celebrate the moment.

There is no better moment than scoring your first NHL goal for the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Having your family in the stands to witness it is the cherry on top of the sundae. Lias Andersson got to experience both on Monday night.

Lias Andersson’s proud family cheered and yelled in the stands as their son and brother celebrated on the ice. Andersson’s dad Niklas, a seven-year NHL veteran, his mom Jessica and his brother Noah were all at the Garden and witnessed the great achievement. The goal made history, as he became the youngest player in Rangers franchise history to score in his first career game.

The 19-year old Andersson buried a pass from Jimmy Vesey to score his first goal in his NHL debut and the celebration began.

Andersson spoke with about his first NHL goal,

“It feels good, obviously. It’s always fun to score and especially in your first NHL game,” Andersson said. “It took a few shifts, honestly, to get used to the rink and to the pace and to the league. We played one of the best teams in the world today, so it was tough in the beginning. But I think I played good in the second and third and through the game, so it felt good.”

Andersson, a first-round draft pick, was called up to the Rangers on Monday with fellow first-round pick and Hartford Wolf Pack teammate Filip Chytil on Sunday.

Andersson, captained Team Sweden in the World Junior Championships in December, winning a silver medal as Sweden lost to Canada in the gold medal game.

Andersson is a huge part of the teams rebuilding process that is currently in progress on Broadway. Fans hope to see him and his family celebrate many more goals for the Blueshirts in the future.

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