About nine minutes into the second period of Game 6, Alexis Lafrenière seemingly caught Victor Hedman with a rising miss that grazed the defender’s head.
Hedman returned to the bench, smashed his stick against the boards and left Saturday’s game for the final 10:45 of the second period before taking a regular third-period shift. No penalties were called on the play. No hits were recorded on the official league scoresheet.
But that Lafrenière play on which he took on the decorated 6-foot-6 Tampa Bay defenseman with no fear in the world was emblematic of how the No. 13 competed throughout the Rangers’ 20 playoff games. He was physically relentless from the first game of the first round. He could make his mouth run from time to time. He was never too respectful of his opponents.
“It’s hard to play like that for 82 games, but that’s how I play,” said Lafrenière. “That’s really how I wanted to play. Being physical is a big part of my game.
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