Late in the first period of a scoreless game between the Oilers and Rangers, Kaapo Kakko finally scored his first NHL goal. The wonderful moment came when Ryan Strome was able to make a perfect backhand pass to put the 18-year old second pick in.
Edmonton goalie Mike Smith was the first victim. Kakko made a great move by going to a forehand, backhand deke to beat the veteran for the only goal of the first period.
The smile on Kakko’s face was great. You could feel the excitement as MSG went nuts. It was a beautiful finish by a young player, who’s sure to bring many more memorable moments to the New York Rangers.
Congrats to Kaapo on a magic moment he won’t ever forget.