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Rangers’ Kreider makes his NHL debut in key Game 3

Apr 16, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

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Chris Kreider has never played in an NHL game before, but the New York Rangers decided to go with him in Monday’s important playoff contest. With their first round series tied at 1-1, Kreider is taking the roster spot vacated by the suspended Carl Hagelin.

Kreider was selected by the Rangers with the 17th overall pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft. He spent the 2011-12 campaign with Boston College and recently won a national championship with them. He agreed to terms with the Rangers last week.

It’s worth noting that, according to Boston College’s men’s hockey twitter feed, Kreider is the first player in 25 years to participate in an NHL playoff game and win an NCAA title in the same season.

In his first shift, Kreider played with Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik. Clearly they feel comfortable giving Kreider a fair amount of responsibility, even in a high pressure game like this one.

  1. biffnasty - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Don’t undestamd any of ottawas stupid chants in canadian

  2. jaredo10 - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    i know right.. whats up with that count down

  3. lsxphotog - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    This speaks volumes about the quality players farmed through NCAA. It’s becoming a viable source for talented NHLers that have gone overlooked far too long. (T. Thomas and St. Louis – undrafted) College hockey also gave us the great Paul Kariya. He did extremely well for his first NHL game being a Playoff game for the Orig6 Rangers. Great to see.

    • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 17, 2012 at 2:59 AM

      Eric Johnson and Jack Johnson too

  4. cfab44 - Apr 17, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    i thought the chants were pretty cool, better then sitting there doing nothing… msg is mad house in ottawa they chant and sing. Lets Go Rangers!

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