Kevin Hayes (Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)
Rangers rookie Kevin Hayes is only 22, but he looked like a polished veteran Thursday in a dazzling end-to-end rush that concluded in his ninth goal of the season.
New York Rangers rookie center Kevin Hayes may be only 22, but he looked like a polished veteran Thursday night in Colorado as he dazzled on a one-man, end-to-end rush that ended with his ninth goal of the season.
The former Boston College star took hold of the puck deep in his own zone early in the second period and proceeded to streak down the middle of the ice. For some reason, the Avs players felt no inclination whatsoever to put a body on him, so he drove in to the left of Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov, around Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie, then pulled back toward the front of the net to score an easy goal:
Okay, maybe easy isn't the right word to describe it. But "fast" certainly is. The entire sequence, from the time Hayes began down the ice until the time he scored, took all of seven seconds. If you wonder why veteran NHLers are fond of saying this is a young man's league, you should wonder no more.