Lias Andersson did the scoring. His family did the celebrating.
In his NHL debut, the new New York Rangers forward converted a pretty pass from Jimmy Vesey from behind the net into his first goal.
Television cameras showed the Andersson family celebrating in the Madison Square Garden seats. His father, Niklas, a former NHL forward. mother Jessica, and his brother Noah couldn't contain their excitement.
"It feels good, obviously. It's always fun to score and especially in your first NHL game," Andersson said. "It took a few shifts, honestly, to get used to the rink and to the pace and to the league. We played one of the best teams in the world today, so it was tough in the beginning. But I think I played good in the second and third and through the game, so it felt good."
Andersson's score also made history, as he became the youngest player in Rangers franchise history to score in his first career game.
"I've been watching a couple games in the Garden so I know this atmosphere is going to be good," Andersson said. "I played a couple preseason games so I know a lot of guys in here. They're taking very good care of me and stuff, so it was easy to play out there."
The Andersson family will likely be contributing to that atmosphere plenty in the future.