In just his 5th NHL game, Jimmy Vesey made a Vezina Trophy-winning goalie look silly during a game against the Washington Capitals on Saturday.
With under 6 minutes left in the 2nd period and the score tied at 2-2, Mats Zuccarello sent a pass over to Vesey while he picking up speed entering the offensive zone. Once Vesey got the puck, he flew past defenseman Karl Alzner with ease and found a clear path to the net. He proceeded to free himself from incoming Capitals defenders by shielding the puck with his back, to fire a backhand shot that went through the 5-hole of Braden Holtby.
Vesey’s second goal of the game gave the New York Rangers a 3-2 lead, and it only came minutes after scoring his 1st goal of the game to tie the score at 2-2. He proved to be the deciding factor, as the Rangers went on to win the game 4-2. Here’s a clip of his 1st goal of the game:
Vesey, 23, is making an early impact with the Rangers as he begins his NHL career. As of October 23, the left winger has 3 goals, 3 points, and a shooting percentage of 30% in 5 games. Standing at 6-foot-3 and 207 pounds, one of the most sought after free agents this past offseason has the tools necessary to be an offensive force in Manhattan for years to come.
With the win, the Rangers improve their record to 3-2-0, leaving them 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. They won’t have much time to rest as they welcome the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. EST.
All stats for this article are from Hockey-Reference.com.
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