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Andersson scores in first game with Rangers in front of proud family

Young forward finds net in his NHL debut, makes franchise history

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Andersson's memorable debut

WSH@NYR: Andersson scores first goal in NHL debut

Lias Andersson makes his NHL debut a memorable one, scoring his first career goal in front of friends and family at home

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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.

Tweet from @NYRangers: #NYR Lias Andersson (19 years, 164 days) is the youngest player in team history to score in his NHL debut, eclipsing the mark set by Mike Allison (19 years, 195 days) on Oct. 9, 1980 at BOS. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/Osz0TKtfFm

"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.

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