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Kreider hat trick spoils Tortorella’s return — Rangers win 5-2

Nov 30, 2013, 5:09 PM EDT

Chris Kreider, Rick Nash, Roberto Luongo, Ryan Kesler AP

Vancouver Canucks coach, and former Rangers bench boss, John Tortorella hoped his new team would go into New York, “kick their ass and get out of here” with a win. All of none of those things happened as the Rangers took out the Canucks 5-2 at Madison Square Garden.

Leading the way for New York was none other than youngster Chris Kreider. He scored a hat trick, netting the first two against Roberto Luongo in the first period before finishing the trick against backup Eddie Lack in the third.

Kreider struggled last season under Tortorella scoring two goals and an assist in 23 games with the Rangers. He also spent parts of last season either scratched or in the American Hockey League. Less dramatically, he said he had no added motivation to show the old coach up following the game.

Rick Nash had a goal and two assists and Cam Talbot stopped 35 shots for the Rangers as he continued his solid play backing up Henrik Lundqvist.

Roberto Luongo was pulled after giving up a goal to Rick Nash 17 seconds into the second period and finished with seven saves. Lack closed out the game with 12 saves on 14 shots. The Canucks have dropped eight of their last 11 games and face the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow.

  1. joey4id - Nov 30, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Torts gave the fans a sense of deja vu when he was in Edler’s after miss clearing attempt 5 feet inside the d zone which led to the Rangers first goal. He just knows how much the fans miss him. BTW, what was that fight between Bieksa and Boyle all about? Was that about policing the game? Or, was about changing the momentum of the game?

    • johnstone17 - Dec 1, 2013 at 7:03 AM

      Joey, do you go on every story to discuss your hatred of fighting? We all get it, you hate fighting.

      • joey4id - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        It’s not hatred. It the falseness and BS you believe that the player need to police the game that is despicable. Sheep that just because they like fighting ignore the negative aspect of fighting and use bimbo arguments to justify the need for fighting. In other word, guys like you.

      • johnstone17 - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        Joey, where on here have you ever read anything by me defending fighting? Go look it up & come back to me with the answer. And when you do come back with no answer, you can apologize for the bimbo comment.

  2. lowenni - Nov 30, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Almost like revenge for Kreider against Torts with him gettin that hat trick. Looks like Vigneault has gotten him to be the player everyone expected him to be.

    • johnstone17 - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      I think AV has just let him be himself. The kid just looks comfortable, unlike last year. There is a small part of me that will always believe that Torts was more than a little annoyed that Kreider was getting too much praise in the spring of 2012 & wanted to ” teach ” him a little lesson.

  3. patthehockeyfan - Nov 30, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Yeah, well, welcome back to NY, Torts! Be careful what you wish for; that is, an a$$-kicking. Karma’s a b*tch, isn’t it?

  4. jkaplan11 - Nov 30, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    After a performance like that, how could any Canadian be comfortable with Luongo in net during the olympics???

    Paging Carey Price,,,

  5. bleedrangerblue - Nov 30, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    We as Ranger fans know Kreider has all the tools. (Size, skill, speed). Torts killed his confidence last yr ( as well as Richards). No torts Hagelin doesn’t “STINK”. You blast your players constantly. Look what u did to Edler today. You’d think you would chill out for at Least this game. Way to stick it to him Kreider !!! Lastly but most importantly Boyle sucks. He’s weak on the puck, has no skill. Can’t fight. A wimp trade him!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • stakex - Dec 1, 2013 at 1:03 AM

      Torts never said Hagelin stunk as a player…. only on the power play. AV must agree, because Hags sees very little (if any) power play time, so get over it.

      As for yelling at Edler, coaches do that ALL THE TIME when players screw up like that…. its only a story because it was Torts. A puck ended up in the net that never should have, and ultimately it helped lose them the game. Why exactly shouldn’t a coach yell at a player for that? These guys are suppose to be professionals getting paid millions of dollars…. when they screw up, damn right they should be yelled at. If you screwed up like that at work, I would think you would be yelled at as well no?

      You know I simply cannot understand where some Rangers fans are coming from. The Rangers so far under AV have been less than impressive, and will probably miss the playoffs at this rate. They haven’t played this bad in years…. and yet you are spiking the football and pelvic thrusting in Tort’s face? Like him or hate him, he’s the only coach since the mid 90’s that produced a high quality Rangers team that had a real shot at the cup… and he did it with a bunch of so-so players. So hate him all you want now, because you’ll be begging for him to come back when the Rangers miss the playoffs and finish dead last in scoring.

      • patthehockeyfan - Dec 1, 2013 at 8:56 AM

        Gotta disagree with you, stakex. NO ONE deserves to be yelled at – whether they screw up or not. If I screwed up at work, and I was yelled at like Torts yelled at Edler, I’d pop my boss in the face. Then I’d quit. (Then, I’d probably be arrested for assault; but, that’s another story.)

        Actually, I’m non-violent, and I’d just quit.

        These players are adults. They know when they’ve screwed up. Acting like an out-of-control idiot, and yelling and screaming until a vein is ready to pop – well, that’s not the way to motivate people. Torts got an invitation out of NY for his ridiculous actions. I’d say Vancouver isn’t going to put up wth his crap either.

        Read the Boston Globe’s article on Chara and the leadership and management style of the Bruins. Proven winners, and I don’t see Julien acting like a crazy person behind the bench.

  6. bleedrangerblue - Nov 30, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Wow they deleted my comment cuz I said Boyle sucks. Stand up Ranger nation do you agree??

  7. bleedrangerblue - Nov 30, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    It’s embarrassing to see a huge man get man handled. Zuc is harder on the puck. Sather trade or release him please. Where’s JT? I’d take Ashom any day over this wimp.

  8. bleedrangerblue - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Please don’t get me started about Pyatt( a deserved scratch)….

  9. gmenfan1982 - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Boyle is a solid faceoff man and an excellent penalty killer. He’s not a scoring forward or a fighter. Regardless of how big he is. Boyle on a line with Dorsett is a solid checking line. And Joey, these are exactly the fights that belong in hockey. They erupt out of emotion.

  10. bleedrangerblue - Nov 30, 2013 at 7:14 PM


  11. bleedrangerblue - Nov 30, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Gmen has no clue and does not follow the Rangers

  12. slysipops - Nov 30, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    NEW FIGHT SONG IN NEW YORK ?…………………………

  13. bbk1000 - Dec 1, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    I liked Torts for the Rangers but I love that it was Kreider had this game against him…..

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