Chris Kreider played 15:28 yesterday for the Rangers and attempted seven shots. Five of them were blocked and one of them missed the net.
The one shot that he put on goal was his second career goal and the eventual game winner for the Rangers.
Kreider said of his goal, “I had a little time to think. I thought, I’m tired and I just want to get it on net.” He added, with a chuckle, “in retrospect I probably should have dumped it and gotten off the ice.”
On how it felt to hear Madison Square Garden chanting his name, “It was kind of a surreal experience and I got goosebumps. I didn’t feel so tired when I started to hear that.”
Braden Holtby told Katie Carerra of that goal, “It was a nice-placed shot.Got to give the guy credit but from that far out I think I’d like to have that one.”
Ryan Callahan told Pierre McGuire of Kreider, “It feels like he has been playing for a while.”
Dan Girardi said on MSG, “he is such a well built human. He has the strength and power to fit in with us in the NHL.”
Girardi said in the Daily News, “I knew a little about him, but I didn’t know he was built like a Mack truck and could skate like the wind. He’s out there skating so fast, so powerfully, we’re lucky to have him.”
Brian Leetch said that he and Mike Keenan were talking during the game and that ” the first couple of games he looked like he came from college and the difference has has made in the last three games has been phenomenal.”
Ryan McDonagh said on MSG, “he is a real humble kid. He doesn’t let it get to him. His strength his is skating and because of that he helps create chances.”
John Tortorella said that the team just wants Kreider to be Kreider,
“We showed him our concept but we just wanted him to play. There are things we will work with him on, but this isn’t the time to do that. We just want his instinctiveness and his speed. His mental part of the game with trying to make a difference every shift is really good.”
Torts added, “he is just a quiet unassuming kid. I think we have a tight group and he has been able to come in.”
Michael Del Zotto said “he has been great for us. You just can’t say enough about what he has done and how mature he is. “
Pen Kreider in for one of the three 2013 Calder nominees #NYRangers
— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) April 28, 2012
Arthur Staple has an excellent column on Kreider at Newsday.