Skip to content

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

Apr 26, 2012, 10:07 PM EST

kreidergetty Getty Images

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.

Latest Posts
  1. Video: Lindros and LeClair inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame

    Nov 20, 2014, 9:10 PM EST

    Eric Lindros, John Leclair Eric Lindros, John Leclair

    The two lead Philly to a Stanley Cup final appearance in 1997.

  2. Video: Tarasenko bats one out of mid-air

    Nov 20, 2014, 7:58 PM EST

    St. Louis Blues v New York Rangers AP

    Has his 11th of the season.

  3. Flyers’ MacDonald in for Del Zotto

    Nov 20, 2014, 6:30 PM EST

    AndrewMacDonald2 Getty Images

    Luke Schenn will take the pre-game skate.

  4. Hawks’ Shaw to miss just third game in three seasons

    Nov 20, 2014, 6:00 PM EST

    St. Louis at Chicago St. Louis at Chicago

    Meanwhile, Adam Clendening will make his NHL debut tonight vs. Calgary.

  5. Trade: Montreal adds more D, acquires Allen from Ducks for Bourque

    Nov 20, 2014, 5:27 PM EST

    Bryan Allen Bryan Allen

    The Canadiens are stockpiling blueliners, it seems.

  6. Trade: Oilers get Lain, Canucks get Acton

    Nov 20, 2014, 5:24 PM EST

    Calgary Flames v Vancouver Canucks Getty Images

    Former teammates at Lake Superior State University, traded for each other.

  7. Voynov maintains innocence, ‘extremely disappointed’ in charges

    Nov 20, 2014, 5:13 PM EST

    Slava Voynov AP

    “Mr. Voynov maintains his innocence and looks forward to clearing his name in court. We remain confident.”

  8. Roy wants Avs’ focus on the task at hand, not the standings or the schedule

    Nov 20, 2014, 4:53 PM EST

    Colorado Avalanche Getty Images

    “I don’t even remember who we play the next game.”

  9. (Video) PHT Extra: Carlyle’s on the hot seat, Hartley’s riding high

    Nov 20, 2014, 3:55 PM EST

    Randy Carlyle Randy Carlyle

    A look at two of the NHL’s most intriguing coaching situations.

  10. Welcome Dion Phaneuf to the trade rumor mill

    Nov 20, 2014, 3:24 PM EST

    TORONTO, ON - DECEMEBER 19: Dion Phaneuf #3 of the Toronto Maple Leafs waits for a faceoff against the Phoenix Coyotes during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on December 19, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Coyotes 2-1 in an overtime shoot-out. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

    Are the Leafs married to mediocrity?

  11. Goalie nods: Lack starts in Kesler’s Vancouver return

    Nov 20, 2014, 2:41 PM EST

    Eddie Lack Eddie Lack

    News and notes from around the crease…

  12. After 12-game absence, Connolly back for Bolts

    Nov 20, 2014, 2:14 PM EST

    Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning

    But the guy head coach Jon Cooper really wants back is Victor Hedman.

  13. Yeo on Vanek: ‘We have to get him going’

    Nov 20, 2014, 2:07 PM EST

    Minnesota Wild v Anaheim Ducks Getty Images

    Prized free agent signing has just one goal in 17 games.

  14. Next 10 games won’t be easy for Flyers

    Nov 20, 2014, 2:03 PM EST

    Philadelphia Flyers v New York Rangers Getty Images

    Nine of 10 against teams that made the playoffs last season.

Featured video

Coaches in and out of the hot seat

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. V. Hedman (2921)
  2. P. Datsyuk (2341)
  3. P. Sharp (2340)
  4. P. Dupuis (2181)
  5. J. Harding (2129)
  1. T. Hall (2079)
  2. C. Perry (2012)
  3. D. Krejci (1815)
  4. O. Maatta (1797)
  5. Z. Parise (1775)