In his return to the AHL, Chris Kreider scored a power play tally to start an avalanche of CT Whale goals as they chased Rick DiPietro (5 goals on 12 shots) in his first AHL game since being waived by the Islanders in the Whale's 7-3 win over Bridgeport last night.
Kreider was a +1 with two shots on goal.
Leslie Treff at Hockey's Future noted that Kreider's positioning and stick work looked much better as was his physical play.
Here's video of the sweet tip-in from Kreider (00:16 mark)...
Meanwhile Christian Thomas had 2g, 1a as well as six shots on goal and Brandon Mashinter chipped in with a 1g, 1a.
...the headline of this post was one we were hoping to see in the NHL this year, not the AHL, but hey with the way Kreider has struggled to score goals this season I'll take what I can get. For one game at least, it looks like Kreider has accepted the challenge of being demoted.
...makes me angry to see Mashinter pick back up where he left off with the Whal...