Chris Kreider says that Henrik Lundqvist is annoyed…and that is a good thing for the Rangers

HenrikChris Kreider said yesterday that Henrik Lundqvist was “annoyed” and that when he is it’s “always a good thing.” (NY Post)

Lundqvist said that he was annoyed with how Game One against the Capitals went and he used that energy to prepare and play Game Two against the Capitals where he stopped 30 of 32 shots.

During practice yesterday Kreider “poked” in a goal during a special teams drill and Lundqvist “caught him with his stick as Kreider went by.” (NY Times)

Kreider tumbled to the ice “grinning” as Lundqvist “slapped the puck away.” (NY Times)


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The many ways that people describe Chris Kreider’s game

So far in the playoffs, Chris Kreider has 5 goals in 11 games to go with 29 shots on goal and 45 hits in 17:29 per game.

Kreider has three goals in his last two games and 7 hits.

Alain Vigneault said that Kreider is one of the fastest players in the league and has “real” size and strength. He added that when Kreider “plays like that, he is real tough for anybody to handle.”

Rick Nash said that Kreider is “pretty unstoppable” when he plays like he did in Game 6.

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Chris Kreider and Ryan McDonagh redeemed themselves last night

McDonDuring his game recap last night, John Giannone mentioned how the goal scorers for the Rangers in game five redeemed themselves after their roles in the goals against in game four.

He said, “how about the storyline of spring symmetry. McDonagh and Kreider, the two men responsible for the goals against in game four are the men responsible for the goals in game five.”

In game four, Kreider turned the puck over to Andre Burakovsky who tied the game for the Capitals.

McDonagh then turned the puck over to Burakovsky for the eventual game winning goal.

Kreider tied the game last night for the Rangers and Ryan McDonagh won it in OT.

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Chris Kreider has been a force in the past two games

In the past two games, Chris Kreider has one goal, 8 shots on goal, 3 shot attempts that were blocked, 4 shot attempts that missed the net and 10 hits.

Ron Duguay said on Saturday that Kreider was a leader with how he played on the ice.

Duguay added after game three that Kreider isn’t shying away from contact and is a “playoff type of player.”

Steve Valiquette said on Monday that the “big boys” step up in the playoffs and that is what Kreider is doing.

Krieder played like a man on a mission in game two. (NY Times)

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What Alain Vigneault said today after practice (On Derick Brassard, Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreider)

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault spoke with the media today following the Rangers practice (NYR):

  • Does the team have a higher gear to hit, “we are working hard and playing against a good team and it’s playoff hockey and not a lot separates the teams. To think that we can step on the ice and dominate I don’t think is possible. Pitt has elite players, balance up front, a goalie who has won a Cup and is one of the top guys in the league. It’s a tough battle and we are going out there and trying our best.”

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