Alexis Lafreniere OK after injury scare in Rangers’ loss

Alexis Lafreniere didn’t skate within the ultimate six minutes of regulation within the Rangers’ 3-2 time beyond regulation loss on Tuesday night time in Boston. The 20-year-old winger took a tough shot from teammate Hunter Skinner off the decrease a part of his proper leg, casting an harm shadow over the Rangers’ second preseason recreation. 

The Rangers stated Lafreniere, who didn’t return to the ice for the temporary further interval, was effective and that there isn’t a problem. Regardless of grimacing in ache whereas doubled over on the bench, Lafreniere remained with the remainder of the crew as a substitute of retreating to the locker room. 

The primary-overall choose of the 2020 NHL Draft had a robust recreation skating on the appropriate wing of a line with Jimmy Vesey and Vincent Trocheck. Along with logging 3:53 on the ability play and 1:11 on the penalty kill, Lafreniere jabbed dwelling a unfastened puck to provide the Rangers a 2-1 lead within the second interval. 

Lafreniere was additionally on the ice for Adam Fox’s first-period tally, which got here on a wrist shot from the appropriate faceoff circle. As soon as it turned clear there was no have to danger taking part in Lafreniere anymore, Dryden Hunt changed him on that line with Vesey and Trocheck. 

Ahead A.J. Greer was the hero for the Bruins, amassing two vital objectives on a team-high 5 pictures, together with the game-winner 1:12 of time beyond regulation. The Boston College product additionally had the equalizer within the second interval to knot the sport at one-all, probably strengthening his case for a bottom-six position with the Bruins. 

New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox, left, is congratulated by left wing Alexis LafreniËre (13) after his goal in the first period
Alexis Lafreniere was in a position to have fun Adam Fox’s tally earlier than departing the sport early with an harm.
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“Clearly shaking off some rust, touring in right here similar day,” stated Fox, who logged 20:55 of ice time. “I assumed we performed onerous there, they performed aggressive and it got here all the way down to an OT aim there. However it was good to get the rust off a bit and get some recreation motion.” 

Jimmy Vesey, who’s on knowledgeable tryout, led the Blueshirts with two assists and three pictures on aim in 19:24 of ice time. After scoring a power-play aim within the Rangers’ first preseason recreation, Monday towards the Islanders, Vesey now has three factors thus far this preseason. 

Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant stated it’s attainable Sammy Blais, who’s coming off an ACL tear that prematurely ended his 2021-22 season, will make his preseason debut on Thursday towards the Devils. Barclay Goodrow, who’s being held out of scrimmages and preseason video games to guard the damaged ankle he suffered through the playoffs, ought to get right into a recreation quickly as effectively. 

The Rangers assigned ahead Adam Sykora to Slovak Extraliga’s HK Nitra, leaving the membership with 61 gamers in coaching camp. 

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