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Very few of us have experienced anything that professional hockey players have. Whether we believe that or not, it is true.
For example, let's take a look at someone playing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs right now. This particular player was playing college hockey in the Frozen Four just a few weeks ago, where he helped his Boston College Eagles hockey club to a NCAA Division I National Championship.
A few short weeks later, he was on NHL Ice at Scotiabank Place suiting up for the New York Rangers to take on the Ottawa Senators in Game 3 of the first round of the postseason. A couple of days after that, he scored his first NHL goal, a game winning goal in Game 6 to help the Rangers get the series to 7 games.
By now, you more than likely know that this particular play is 21-year-old Chris Kreider and the month of April was quite a crazy one
for someone that had never played in the NHL before. When he first joined the Rangers' roster, he already knew what he had to do to get playing time
from team head coach John Tortorella.
"They definitely sent the message that if you want to play you’re going to have to prove that you’re ready to play," said Kreider, who admitted that he hasn’t had much time to talk to Tortorella or the coaching staff. “You’re going to have to earn you ice time, which is the way it should be."Since saying that, Kreider has more than earned his ice time. He has done so by playing "Ranger hockey", which is all about playing responsibly, being in the right position to make plays or break-up plays and being unselfish.
In his first seven games in the NHL, Kreider has 2 goals and 1 assist for 3 points. While that is not exactly lighting it up, it should be noted that both goals were game-winning goals for his hockey club and his lone assist was on a great insurance marker in Game 1 of the second round by Brad Richards against the Washington Capitals.
Not only has the youngster been producing in crucial situations for his hockey team, but he has also been defensively responsible. He has forced several turnovers, has been in the right position to breakup passes and has completely dedicated himself to the Rangers' style of play.
Luckily for the Rangers, they do not have to worry if Kreider is getting overconfident due to his terrific start in professional hockey.
"I'm kind of at a loss for words," Kreider said. "I'm just trying to keep my head down and work hard. Whether or not the puck goes in, I'm just trying to play the same role I play every night and be consistent and be defensively reliable."With plenty of playoff hockey left, Kreider will certainly continue to be given ample ice time from Tortorella if he continues to play the way he is playing right now.
“He has no fear, that’s what I like about him. His biggest thing is his mindset. He’s not here to test the waters, he’s trying to make a difference. You saw where I had him at the end of the game. He deserved to be there,” Tortorella revealed.Hopefully for the Rangers, this is only the beginning of what should be a great career in Ranger blue for Kreider.
BEST OF MAXIM
There is no point in continuing to keep Stu Bickel in the lineup.
I'm not saying that because he is of no use to the team or because he's been a liability out on defense since neither of those, for the most part, are true. I'm saying it because quite simply, the coaching staff does not use him. Last night's 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals fell just five minutes...
Barry Melrose discusses how rare it is for a rookie making his debut in the playoffs to succeed the way Chris Kreider has so far for the Rangers...To watch on ESPN.com, click here.Katie Strang at ESPN NY has this quote from Gordie Clark on the Rangers decision process on signing Kreider for the playoffs..."We really believed we were going to need him in this playoffs. It'...
Late in Wednesday's 2-1 triple overtime win in Washington, head coach John Tortorella mixed up the offensive lines in attempt to spark the game-winner in what was a well-defended outing for the third time in this series. He rolled with those lines through the overtime periods, as the game progressed from the fourth period to the sixth, and these combinations clearly began to...
Like the game, New York Rangers forward Marian Gaborik's playoff scoring slump extended to one, two then three overtimes.
Then came a quick pass from behind the net by Mike Richards and a one-timer past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby as Gaborik ended both his eight-game goal-less streak and the longest game since 2008.
"It's about will," Gaborik said...
Connecticut Whale 3, Norfolk Admirals 2 (OT)
Norfolk, VA, May 2, 2012 – Andreas Thuresson’s goal at 2:53 of overtime gave the Connecticut Whale a 3-2 win over the Norfolk Admirals Wednesday night at Scope Arena, in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series between the two teams.
The victory kept the Whale perfect in the postseason, as Connecticut now sports a 4-0 record...
It’s a bit of a slow day today. So here are some notes (in bullet point format) from practice, courtesy of Rick Carpiniello:
Brandon Dubinsky is still out, and has been spotted with a boot on his right leg and crutches.
Mats Zuccarello didn’t skate, but that’s not all that unexpected. He was likely working off the ice to rehab that wrist.
Lines at practice saw Ryan Callahan...
The New York Rangers played what amounted to two games over two days just to get one win against with the Washington Capitals.
If it was the decisive game of this terse Eastern Conference series, Rangers coach John Tortorella might have been far more enthusiastic about the outcome.
Instead, Tortorella looked at the 2-1, three-overtime victory for exactly what it was: a gritty performance...
In my Game 3 post game thoughts, I stated that Henrik Lundqvist's performance was one he hadn't been able produce in his career and its looks like Craig Custance at ESPN Insider agrees..."If the Rangers continue winning in these playoffs, it will be one that defines Lundqvist's career. Make 46 saves in a triple-overtime playoff win, including a crucial glove save...
John Tortorella discusses the Blueshirts' triple-overtime win over the Capitals and what it means for the team going forward in the series...
To watch on MSG.com, click here.To watch Henrik Lundqvist discuss the victory, click the "Read More" tab below.
Henrik Lundqvist discusses the Rangers' effort in their thrilling 2-1 triple overtime win over the Capitals...
Series: Tied 1-1
NYR Leading Scorer: Brad Richards (4-4-8)
WSH Leading Scorer: Alex Ovechkin (3-3-6)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (9 GS, 1.77 GAA, .940 SV%)
WSH Goaltender: Braden Holtby (9 GS, 2.12 GAA, .930 SV%)
Rangers Lines (Confirmed):
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
In a series tied at one, the New York Rangers can grab back home ice advantage with a win in Washington tonight.
But the Capitals are a confident team these days and I am still waiting for an offensive outburst from them, is tonight the night?
In the West, the Coyotes will put the Predators one game away from elimination with a win tonight.
I’d expect a Nashville win, but...
If you haven't watched any of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, then you are missing out on some of the most exciting games on Sports TV today.Wednesday nights Washington Capitals/New York Rangers game reinforced it.The Rangers fought to a draw with the Capitals for 3-periods and 2-plus overtimes. They ended up with the 2-1 win after Marian Gaborik knocked home the game winner with...
New York Rangers 2, Washington Capitals 1, 3 overtimes. Marian Gaborik ends it.
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Norfolk, VA, May 2, 2012 - Andreas Thuresson’s goal at 2:53 of overtime gave the Connecticut Whale a 3-2 win over the Norfolk Admirals Wednesday night at Scope Arena, in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series between the two teams.
The victory kept the Whale perfect in the postseason, as Connecticut now sports a 4-0 record in 2012 playoff games.
We here at BSB are big fans of John Tortorella. Sure, he’s curt with the media, but we aren’t media, so we really don’t care what he says in interviews. We are more concerned with his on ice decisions, his roster decisions, and how he handles the locker room. This brilliant move covers the third aspect, and it is directly related to Chris Kreider.
Elliotte Friedman of CBC pointed...