The Rangers' season has only just begun, and Saturday's game against the Edmonton Oilers was never on its own going to make or break an 82-game campaign. And yet there's a good chance that it could be remembered around New York for a long time to come.
Those fans who packed Madison Square Garden for a weekend matinee all can say they were at the game where Kaapo Kakko scored his first NHL goal. It came 18 minutes 28 seconds into the opening period, and it was no soft goal or excuse-me bounce off a shin pad, either - it was a give-and-go to perfection, set up by Kakko's speed and by Ryan Strome's pass, topped off by a clever finish and an 18-year-old's joyful celebration on Garden ice.
"It feels good," Kakko said afterward. "I think it was a great goal, and a big goal for us, for the team - first goal is always big. But it's not enough, one goal."