Alexis Lafrenière plays the heroes in an incredible match
Goals, controversy, violence and 61 min 37 s. intense play: the duel between the Calgary Flames and the New York Rangers was most exciting, and it was Quebecer Alexis Lafrenière who put an end to it on Monday at Madison Square Garden.
The pride of Saint-Eustache took advantage of a generous rebound granted by Jacob Markstrom in overtime to give the “Blueshirts” a 5-4 victory. The Swedish goalkeeper immediately smashed his stick while the New York fans were celebrating.
The Rangers and Flames stalked each other throughout the game, never having a more than a one-goal lead.
Filip Chytil and Mika Zibanejad each secured a brace for the hosts. True to form, Jacob Trouba galvanized his teammates by delivering a check of rare violence against Nazem Kadri at the end of the second engagement.
For the Flames, Blake Coleman, Tyler Toffoli, Andrew Mangiapane and Michael Stone pierced Jaroslav Halak's armor.
Mangiapane's success incidentally aroused the ire of head coach Gerard Gallant, as she created the Tied 3 to 3. On the sequence, the Toronto winger clearly redirected from the skate a throw-in from Noah Hanifin. Those responsible for the video replay ruled, however, that Mangiapane did not make a deliberate movement to push the puck into the net.
The Rangers will be looking for a third straight game on Wednesday when they host the Vancouver Canucks. The Flames will resume the collar Thursday, in Detroit, against the Red Wings.