Kaapo Kakko joins rest of Kid Line’s scoring surge to give Rangers vital edge
It was Kakko’s one-timer tip-in with 2:28 remaining in the second period that gave the Rangers their first lead
over the Lightning on Friday night en route to a 3-2 win in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final at the Garden.
The goal, and its setup, was a work of art.
Adam Fox, the Rangers defenseman who seems to do everything right with the puck on his stick
slid a perfect pass through a narrow window between Tampa Bay defensemen Victor Hedman and Jan Rutta to Kakko
who was waiting at the doorstep of the crease to the left of Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.
It happened so fast, the Tampa Bay netminder never had a chance, never saw the puck until it was behind him.
“Nice pass, Foxy,’’ the ESPN boom mic picked up Kakko saying to Fox when they got to the bench.
It had to be a nice feeling for Kakko, who probably felt a little left out with his linemates making more headlines of late with big plays.