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Rangers' Kevin Hayes shows incredible body control, co-ordination in stunning goal against Isles

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Kevin Hayes scores against Jaroslav Halak. (Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Rangers' Kevin Hayes shows incredible body control, co-ordination in stunning goal against Isles

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Rangers rookie center Kevin Hayes has scored some impressive goals this season – and Tuesday against the Islanders, the Boston native netted his 13th of the year on a play that required amazing body control and co-ordination.

New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes has dazzled fans and confounded opponents in his first NHL season. And the 22-year-old continued that pattern Tuesday with an incredibly athletic goal against the arch-rival New York Islanders.

Hayes was the beneficiary of a tremendous pass from right winger Mats Zuccarello, but still had to fight off Isles defenseman Thomas Hickey, steady his body, turn around and wire a wrist shot past goalie Jaroslav Halak while rugged winger Matt Martin was bearing down on him:

The goal was Hayes' 13th of the season and 30th point in 62 games. The Boston native won't be named the NHL's top first-year player – for as good as he is, we've seen better years from Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau, Nashville's Filip Forsberg and Florida's Aaron Ekblad – but he's proving to be indispensable to the Blueshirts, and one of the most entertaining members of a talented, deep roster.

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Rangers' Kevin Hayes shows incredible body control, co-ordination in stunning goal against Isles