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New York Rangers’ Jesper Fast scored his 100th point on the team’s first goal against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday night.
Fast chipped the puck to Kevin Hayes who then feed Jimmy Vesey who beats Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead just 49 seconds into the game.
Jesper Fast started the game on the number one line with Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider.
The 26-year-old is in his sixth season, all with the New York Rangers, and has been a steady player for the club over the past few years. Initially known for his speed and penalty killing, Fast has gained the trust of his coaches in an offensive style of play now.
The right wing has appeared in 289 games for New York, recording 36 goals and 63 assists. As last season ended, the team used him more on the second and third line under the previous coach Alain Vigneault. His hard work and knack for being hard on the puck promoted him to the first line as the season wound down last season.
This season under new head coach David Quinn, his responsibilities have increased as he was named one of five alternate captains when they season began last Thursday. His confidence at an all-time high along with his play on the ice as the team started out 0-2, Quinn moved him to the team’s first line for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes. The move paid off almost immediately as his assist helped the Rangers get a lead in a game for the first time this season.
Expect Fast to continue to see increased ice time as he will continue to kill penalties for the Rangers.