The Number One pick in the 2020 NHL Draft finally found the back of the net.
Alexis Lafrenière desperately wanted to get his first career NHL goal. The hype that has followed him for years leading up to being the first overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft brought with it tremendous expectations.
Little did he know how big that first one would be.
With 2:13 left in overtime, the 19-year-old phenom accepted a perfect pass and deposited his first career NHL goal. An overtime game-winner.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Lafrenière (19 years, 109 days) is the youngest player in NHL history to net an OT game-winner for his first career goal. The only other teenager to do that was Cody Ceci (also 19) in 2013. Also, Lafrenière is the third player this season to score his first NHL goal in overtime, joining Kirill Kaprizov (Jan. 14) and Yegor Sharangovich (Jan. 16).
Only @NYRangers players to score their first NHL goal in overtime (regular season or playoffs):
▫️ Paul Thompson (Nov. 30, 1926)
▫️ Sergei Nemchinov (Oct. 5, 1991)
▫️ Mats Zuccarello (Jan. 5, 2011)@Alexlaff13 just joined the list. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/9V7gN6mPJ6
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 29, 2021