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Rangers’ Lias Andersson wipes out during team introductions

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Rangers forward Lias Andersson hits the deck after tripping over a cable during introductions at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. (Twitter//@PeteBlackburn)
Rangers forward Lias Andersson hits the deck after tripping over a cable during introductions at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. (Twitter//@PeteBlackburn)

It’s safe to say that Lias Andersson’s start to the 2019-20 campaign didn’t go as planned.

While the 20-year-old has already played in parts of two seasons with the New York Rangers (seven games in 2017-18 and 42 games last year), Thursday was the first season opener of his NHL career.

With the lights low at the iconic Madison Square Garden, he skated out of the tunnel after hearing his name. However, while taking in the moment with his stick in the air, the young Swede didn’t see a cable running along the ice.

I’m sad to report that he was no match for its sneakiness and ability to trip unsuspecting hockey players.

Thankfully, the only thing that appeared to be hurt after the fall was Andersson’s pride. But, seriously, who puts a cable right there? It’s a recipe for disaster!

After finding the back of the net twice and adding four assists in half a season of work last year, Andersson is expected to centre the team’s fourth line this season as he continues to develop into a consistent NHLer.

And while this little hiccup likely won’t do much to boost his confidence, there are two positives that come from it. First of all, he’ll no longer only be known as the guy who threw his silver medal into the stands following Sweden’s loss to Canada at the 2018 World Juniors in Buffalo. And secondly, he can finally empathize with American musician Gavin DeGraw and Vancouver Canucks anthem singer Mark Donnelly.

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