Chris Kreider had 17 goals and 20 assists for the Rangers in 66 games this season and 5 goals and 8 assists in 15 playoff games.
In the regular season Kreider had 146 hits and an average of 15:43 per game and in the playoffs, Kreider had 50 and an average of 16:48 per game.
12 of Kreider’s 37 points in the regular season came on the PP and 5 of his 13 playoff points came on the PP.
By month, Kreider had:
- October: 5 games, 2 goals, 1 assist
- November: 15 games, 4 goals, 9 assists
- December: 14 games, 4 goals, 2 assists
- January: 15 games, 3 goals, 5 assists
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Brian Leetch tells Steve Serby that Chris Kreider’s return has been a big spark for the Rangers and that his size, speed and power have made a difference. (NY Post)
Leetch describes Kreider as having speed of smaller players like Pavel Bure or Teemu Selanne and that his strength makes it so that very few players on the opposing team can go after him. He says that most players let up when they go after Kreider because of his size and strength. (NY Post)
He adds that Kreider has had a breakthrough year and has learned where he belongs in the NHL game. Leetch says that Kreider has learned that he can park himself in front of the net, deal with the abuse and score from in tight. He adds that it’s been “fun to watch” Kreider make the jump to being a good NHL player. (NY Post)
Leetch has spoken about Kreider in the past and praised him.
Last night in Montreal, Chris Kreider was booed every time that he touched the puck
Kreider spoke with Pierre McGuire on NBCSN last night about being booed and said “it’s exciting, they don’t boo you unless you are doing something right. It’s a fun building to play in.”
Kreider told Larry Brooks that all the commotion over his incident with Carey Price was “hilarious” and “lit a fire under my ass that I don’t think is going away any time soon.” (NY Post)
Brian Boyle said that Kreider has been playing great for the Rangers and that there is no way injuring Carey Price ever entered into his mind on that play. (ESPN NY)
Dave Maloney said on MSG after the game that Kreider got better as the game went on and that early in the game there was a time where Kreider had a player lined up for a hit but turned away. Maloney said that he thought Kreider handled and managed everything thrown at him “admirably.”
Keith Jones said on NBCSN that Kreider has brought speed to the Rangers, “giddyup,” and he is creating space for his linemates.
Mike Milbury said that Kreider “inspires fear” in defensemen.
7:33PM: Kreider said:
- “I’m worried about what my coach thinks and my teammates.”
- “I wish I would have put it in the net, I was trying to score a goal and it was a bang bang play.”
- Are you reckless, “I think I try to get to the net, I wouldn’t use those words to describe my game. When you go to the net they try to stop you so there will be physical altercation with it.”
2:23PM: Henrik Lundqvist said that Kreider did not run into price and Kreider said that he will continue to play “his game.” (NY Post)
Kreider said that he is a clean player who is going to keep trying to score goals. (NY Post)
He said that it was a “bang-bang” play and everything happened quickly. (Ranger Rants)
12:31PM: Chris Kreider spoke with the media in Montreal today and said that his only regret about the play that injured Carey Price and knocked him out of the series was that he didn’t score. (Katie Strang)
Kreider said that he never goes on the ice with the intent of hurting anyone. (Steve Zipay)
Alain Vigneault said that it was a “hockey play” (Bruce Beck)
- 12:50PM: Vigneault said that Kreider is an honest player (NHL)
Craig Button said on Leafs Lunch today that he has seen Chris Kreider play since he was 16 years old and has seen Kreider do that exact thing many times. He says that Kreider loses control when he hits a certain speed. (TSN 1050)
1:17PM: Ray Ferraro said on Leafs Lunch today, “I had a few breakaways in my career and never once did I think that if I don’t score I am going to run over the goalie or kick him. Generally you have a second before you get in…if he had that much time it would have been a lot. I can’t tell you how he ended up feet first. I have seen guys piledrive themselves into the boards and you think why didn’t turn. I don’t know Chris Kreider, never met him, I can’t imagine for one second ‘I am going to go in fee first and try to end Carey Price’s series. If we are taught how to fall we would be taught to fall forward. It would be better if a forward went in on a breakaway and put his shoulder into him?”
Pierre McGuire said on TSN 1050 this morning that Kreider was not handled with kid gloves during John Tortorella’s time as coach and that has changed under Alain Vigneault.
1:14PM Prust says that Kreider did it “accidentally on purpose” and didn’t make much of an effort to stop. (Tom Gulitti)
Prust says that Kreider should know how to fall and not lead with his skates, adding that he did the same thing to Marc-Andre Fleury in the last round. Prust says that there was no effort to lighten up or avoid Price. ((ESPN NY).
Peter Budaj says that Kreider has been running goalies all playoffs. (Chris Johnston)
12:21PMIn the second period, skating at full speed, Chris Kreider skated into Carey Price and Price was seen on the ice holding his leg before getting up, skating and playing the rest of the second period.
Price, with the score 4-1, did not play the third period and Michel Therrien said after the game it wasn’t because of injury and that it was more to protect Price since his teammates weren’t sharp. Therrien added that he thought it was an accident. (NHL)
Kreider said that he lost his footing and wasn’t trying to run into Price. (NY Post)
Former teammate Brandon Prust cross checked Kreider, slashed him and got in his face at various points. (TSN) Prust was called for a penalty for the slash. (TSN)
PK Subban and Mike Weaver also think that Kreider didn’t skate into Price on purpose. (ESPN)
Renaud Lavoie tweeted yesterday evening, “Canadiens players thinks that Chris Kreider fell on Carey Price on purpose. Rangers think he’s injured. Habs are saying no.”
Jeff O’Neil said that he believes there is something wrong with Carey Price and that what Kreider did should force Montreal to play with some passion. (TSN)
Darren Dreger pointed out that Kreider understands what it means to go to the net but that he also has a history with goalies and hurt Craig Anderson last season. (TSN)
Since returning in the playoffs, Chris Kreider has played in four games, has one goal, one assist, 8 PIM, 16 hits and an average of 13:41 per game.
Alain Vigneault said after game seven that Kreider is a big part of the top six, has size, speed and his ability to get in on the forecheck can force mistakes. He added that getting Kreider back was a “huge boost.”
Vigneault, when he was on with Mike Francesa, said that Kreider basically came out of a cast, had one morning skate and then played. Vigneault added that when Kreider came in the Rangers started to force more turnovers and wear down the Pittsburgh defense.
Anson Carter said on MSG during the playoffs “I call him a man child because he doesn’t know how strong he is.”