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Watch: Rangers’ Kreider breaks 59-year-old NHL record

May 19, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

What a year Chris Kreider is having.

The Rangers’ 20-year-old rookie — only a month removed from a NCAA Championship with Boston College — scored his fifth goal of the playoffs on Saturday, the insurance marker in New York’s 3-0 Game 3 victory over New Jersey in the Eastern Conference finals.

With the goal, Kreider became New York’s second-leading goalscorer (with five; Brad Richards has six) and broke Eddie Mazur’s record for most playoff goals scored before making a regular season appearance.

Mazur scored four for the Montreal Canadiens over the course of three postseasons (1951-53); Kreider has five in 15 playoff games.

Here’s lucky No. 5:

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Amazingly, Kreider now sits tied for seventh in playoff goalscoring, ahead of the likes of Marian Gaborik, Zach Parise and Jeff Carter.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 19, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Speaking of the Habs, I can’t help but hope that Kreider does better after his breakout playoffs than PK Subban has after his. Kreider doesn’t seem like a hot-headed cheapshot artist so he should be fine.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 19, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Also, how crazy is it that Mazur played in three playoffs before making his regular season debut? That just wouldn’t happen anymore.

  3. mrpigs - May 19, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    The kid is special!

  4. bw987 - May 19, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    This kid is mature beyond his years and knows the game. Conditioning will be only factor the rest of this play off run.

    • giantsfan428 - May 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

      trust me, this kid played under Jerry York for 3 years. I’m a student there now, and saw most of Kreider’s game, and he looks about as fresh as he did at the beginning of the season. He’s a huge asset to the Rangers for the rest of the conference finals and (if they get there) the Stanley Cup finals. And I’m a Devils fan.

  5. bronxsanman - May 19, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    New York Rangers fans pay close attention.We are witnessing the birth of a future all star.This kid is something special.All I can say is WOW.

  6. firemarshal1 - May 19, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    I agree.

  7. barkar942 - May 20, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Can you just imagine when the kid gets to have a regular training camp to learn the Rangers system how much more he will fit in? Oh, yeah, and one of Tort’s bag skates at the beginning of camp!

  8. polegojim - May 20, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Great playoffs…fun to contemplate his future… but nothing else proven yet.

    How about we give him some time in the league that THEN talk about ‘Greatness’.

    That said, kudos and congrats for his brief intro performance.

  9. odj810 - May 20, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    aren’t rangers fans happy they didn’t give him up in part of a package for nash?

  10. nydaniel - May 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Speaking as a Rangers fan, I was dubious. I mean really, going from college hockey to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in one step? It seemed to be a situation begging for disappointment.
    But, the kid has talent. He has grit. He has SPEED.
    I’ve been suitably impressed, and thankful to have his much needed boost for the team.

    Barring injury he’ll be a quality player, just what quality we’ll have to see after a season or two. But I’m quite hopeful.

  11. nyrangersfan - May 20, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    He’s the reason why the Nash deal fell through they weren’t giving him up. And thank god for that. I still think they should have gone for Dustin Brown from LA. Look at Brown now.

  12. bcjim - May 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM



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