His last shift was at 14:48 of the second period and was the third goal scored for Winnipeg.
In the first period, Kreider played 3:26 and then 1:07 in the second before sitting the rest of the game.
In the post game on MSG, John Tortorella spoke about the young players in the lineup, specifically Kreider, Brandon Mashinter and JT Miller.
Tortorella said, “Chris and Mashinter, it’s a tough spot for them, but a guy like Miller has brought some things to us and tried to make a difference. Chris and Mash it was a bit of a struggle and this is what happens when you have some injures and you have the kids. I get really worried that we are putting them in a spot they aren’t ready for yet.”
Kreider was a minus one, had a hooking penalty and one hit.
In the NY Post, Kreider spoke with Zach Braziller and said that the NHL is just as hard as he expected it to be.
Kreider said, “It’s a simple game, it’s still hockey, but simple doesn’t mean easy. It’s very difficult and it requires a ridiculous amount of effort. I’m learning to provide that effort every single night, every single day.”
Before yesterday’s game, Tortorella said of Kreider, I think he is on the puck and that is something we have tried to stress to him, using his legs more on the forecheck. Chris is getting there but he isn’t coming up with the puck. We want him to shoot it whenever he can.”
Kreider told The Post that he would prefer to stay with the Rangers because he is learning something new everyday from the veteran players and learning the NHL game, “slowly but surely.”