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Kreider gets big minutes, more than Gaborik, in Game 7

Apr 26, 2012, 10:07 PM EDT

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Chris Kreider is a big game player – or so we assume, we still haven’t actually seen him play in a “small” game at the NHL level.

After winning a national championship with Boston College, Kreider has moved on to playing in the postseason without ever participating in a regular season NHL game.

That’s impressive on its own – and the fact that he got the deciding goal in Game 6 is nothing to sneeze at – but Game 7 provided the most startling development yet. With the Rangers season on the line, coach John Tortorella showed a lot of faith in the youngster by giving him 18:21 minutes of ice time. To put that in perspective, that’s nine more seconds than Marian Gaborik got.

“He has no fear,” Tortorella told PHT’s Joe Yerdon.

Kreider held his own in the contest and finished the game with a plus-one rating. Although he isn’t expected to be a star in the Rangers playoff run, his presence certainly helps to tip the scales in their favor.

  1. anthonykornheiser - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    held his own? he was one of the more dominant players on the ice. he broke up a ton of plays, forced a bunch of turnovers and was all over the ice. he was excellent. The speed him and hagelin bring to the table are going to make it tough on opponents.

  2. stakex - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    There is a reason Kreider got more ice time then Gaborik….. he was a lot friggen better, thats why.

    I think the biggest sign that the Rangers have a lot of faith in him is that he was on the ice for the final faceoff with 40 seconds left. Only his 5th NHL game and hes on the ice to help defend a 2-1 lead with under a minute left in game seven? Damn…….

  3. 2dollarpbrs - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Hockey East!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:04 AM

      F that s. Go Sioux.

  4. brian32556 - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Real excited to see the Rangers youth, depth and skill level for a few years to come! Hopefully Kreider will grow up enough to grow a beard in the near future! LET’S GO RANGERS!

  5. chasemutley - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    I’m hoping that this team faces the Flyers in the next round; it’ll be an instant classic! Either of those teams deserve to play for the cup.

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