Hän on jumala. 18-year-old Kaapo Kakko and this young gun Rangers team is making me feel tingly inside. I mean, how could you not have a gigantic smile on your face when two rookies singlehandedly put the Pittsburgh Penguins to bed. Let's dive into how we got to this point, shall we?
Kakko Flings Matt Murray's Jockstrap Into The Press Box
To be honest I would be lying if I was saying that this 3rd line has been good this year. Brendan Lemieux and Brett Howden have struggled to provide Kaapo Kakko with the offensive support that could truly elevate his game. With that being said, it's safe to say what we've all been waiting for finally happened tonight. Lemieux zipped a tape to tape piss missile to a streaking Finnish god and the rest was history.
New York Ranger Artemi Panarin Threads The Needle To The Fox
I don't know if there's anyone who loves Adam Fox more than our guy 610. All I get after the game from him was "Fox is a straight up stud." I'm sure his pants were fully unzipped after this beauty. The Breadman is a fucking wizard and makes it look too easy with that gorgeous pass. Tape to tape with a side of top shelf from the ELITE rookie Defenseman Adam Fox. Are we seeing a second coming of Brian Leetch???
An 18-Year-Old Overtime Winner
You saw it before, but there's absolutely no reason you shouldn't want to see it again. It's hard to put words together about how Rangers fans are feeling right now. Panarin, Fox, Kakko…it's something so special that this organization hasn't had in a long time. The best part is, whether they win or lose they are still so fun to watch and they will continue to be fun for a long time.
Here's a couple of stats to blow your mind:
Kaapo Kakko is the first 18-year-old to register a multi-goal game in Rangers history.
Following Kaapo Kakko's game-winning goal, eight of the Rangers' last 10 goals have been scored by players 21 years old or younger.
Since 2005-06, Kaapo Kakko is the seventh 18-year-old who has recorded six or more goals in his first 16 career NHL games (along with Jordan Staal, Patrick Kane, Evander Kane, Jeff Skinner, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Patrik Laine).
One last thing. All of you morons who are slandering Kaapo for his - rating, get lost you IDIOTS. If you think plus-minus is an accurate representation of a players raw talent and ability to produce on the ice, you need to get your head checked. Kaapo Kakko is the real deal and you wish you had him on your team.
What. A. Night.