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Lafrenière got a lot of heat for his performance last season. The term “bust” was thrown around pretty willingly, and he lacked a sort of consistency while he played for Gerard Gallant. Now finally given a real shot with an actual coach playing with structure, Lafreniere is a key cog on one of the best lines in the NHL.

That second line was phenomenal last night, with Artemi Panarin notching a four point game, now with 107 on the season. Vincent Trocheck also matched his career high in points with 75, and seems like a guarantee to break it next week.

Modern day “Mr. Ranger,” Chris Kreider joined in on the milestone fun, scored his 300th career NHL goal. Kreider has never been a playmaker type, but he’s shattered his career high in assists totals this season, and with a hot run to close out the season, could hit his career high in points (77).

Where Kreider will really shine is the playoffs, where he’s been known to be a 16-game player and score clutch goals. If he heats up heading into the postseason, he’s capable of carrying them through a series.

All these milestones are great, but the real story was Jonathan Quick becoming the all-time winningest American goaltender. To break the record while playing for his childhood team is hopefully just one chapter of a storybook final two seasons of his career.

We all know what the final chapter could be. And that hunt begins in three weeks.


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