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Alexis Lafreniere costs Rangers game 1 against Panthers with own goal


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Marvin Azrak
May 23, 2024  (9:10)
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Alexis Lafreniere costed the New York  Rangers game 1 against the Florida Panthers by deflecting the puck into his own net, past Igor Shestekrin.
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It was a tough night for Alexis Lafrenière at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

Just when it seemed like the Presidents Trophy-winning New York Rangers were gearing up for a comeback against the reigning league runner-ups, Florida Panthers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Lafrenière accidentally redirected the puck into his own net, handing Florida a 2-0 lead with just three minutes left on the clock. The goal ended up being credited to Carter Verhaeghe. Now you could argue it was goaltender Igor Shesterkin's fault, although most blamed the Rangers forward.
Oh that's brutal for Lafrenière... 🫣

To add insult to injury, Sam Bennett sealed the deal with an empty-netter, making it 3-0 for the Panthers as they snatched the win in New York on the backs of a Sergei Bobrovsky 23 save shutout . It's definitely a moment Lafrenière would rather forget. Other than that, he had a fine game.
Alexis Lafreniere tonight:

— 1 own goal
— 1st on the team in shots
— 1st on the team in high-danger chances
— 2nd on the team in hits
— 65.39 expected goals % at 5v5 (2nd on NYR)

we're now at the point where an own-goal doesn't define his night.

Despite the mishap, Lafrenière has been having a stellar year, with career-high stats of 28 goals and 29 assists during the regular season. Here's hoping he bounces back strong in Game 2 on Friday and so do the Blueshirts.
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May 23   |   223 answers
Alexis Lafreniere costs Rangers game 1 against Panthers with own goal

Do you believe the goal is the fault of Alexis Lafreniere or Igor Shestekrin?

Igor Shesterkin7734.5 %
Alexis Lafrenière14665.5 %
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