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:This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
- Bishop bounced back in Game 5, but did the Rangers test him enough? 3
- Surging Stamkos: Lightning put Rangers on the brink 15
- Report: Blues will stick with Hitchcock ‘barring anything dramatic’ 11
- WATCH LIVE: Lightning at Rangers, Game 5 of Eastern Conference Final 0
- Kesler on wearing down Chicago: ‘No human can withstand that many hits’ 40
- Video: ‘It’s not the ideal situation,’ says OT hero Vermette of being a healthy scratch 5
- From healthy scratch to hero: Vermette scores OT winner for Blackhawks 60
- Video: Ducks score three goals in 37 seconds to take third-period lead 9
- WATCH LIVE: Ducks at Blackhawks, Western Conference Final Game 4 0
- Cooper on replacing Bishop: ‘That is asinine to me’ 25
- Reports: Sabres thought they had a deal with Babcock, aren’t happy (174)
- Leafs land Babcock with reported 8-year deal, estimated at $50 million (130)
- Russia to be punished for ‘completely out of order’ actions after Worlds final loss to Canada (91)
- Report: Sabres negotiating with Babcock (82)
- What’s wrong with Lundqvist? (70)