After playing under ten minutes in games four, five and six against Washington, Chris Kreider played over 13 minutes for the second straight game and scored his first goal since his game winner in game one against Washington.
Kreider also picked up the primary assist on Dan Girardi’s goal.
On how he got his game back in check, Kreider said on MSG, [the coaches] “made it clear to me that they wanted a few things done, trying to move my feet and apply pressure. I just try to play and focus on what the coaches want me to do. The last thing I want to do is get complacent, especially at this level. The next thing you know you are a minus two and giving a Ovechkin a one-timer in the slot.”
On the play that led to Dan Girardi scoring the first goal of the game, Kreider said “I think G was calling for it otherwise I am hearing voices cause I heard him calling for it. He was calling for it and coming off the bench and we made eye contact and I was able to leave it there for him.”
On the MSG Post game show, Ron Duguay said of Kreider, “I give credit to coach Tortorella for sticking with him. He made some mistakes, watched and then got some ice time in game seven. He was skating around and creating chances tonight.”
Dave Maloney added, “he is an exceptionally bright kid and I think the Rangers got a good one in #20.”
Brian Boyle said that Kreider is hard on himself but “that is a big time shot that he has.”
On what he saw from Kreider, John Tortorella said “I think he’s been responsible away from the puck, and he’s been consistently understanding how we have to play. We want him to be instinctive. I think he’s done a really good job of that as far as chasing down things, shooting a puck. Obviously a quick release tonight on his goal. He’s played well. ”
Ryan McDonagh said of Kreider last night on MSG, “he had his legs tonight. He was moving really well. He has a rifle when he has a chance to use it. I thought he was making big strides in his own zone.”
Brian Leetch said, “we talked about him having above average speed and shot in the NHL and he showed it in this game.”
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