Read/Watch: The Derek Stepan/Chris Kreider collision from Tuesday

Late in the third period against the Penguins on Tuesday, Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan collided with Stepan heading to the bench.

The aftermath of the hit was Stepan and Kreider sitting on the bench next to each other with Stepan smiling and Alain Vigneault behind them laughing.

Stepan said after the game that he thinks he “won” the collision between the two and that hitting Kreider had the same feeling of being punched in the gut.  (Daily News)

He added that he had the wind knocked out of him and when Kreider saw him coming he “turtled” to lessen the impact. (North Jersey)


Read: Reasons why there is no hearing for Chris Kreider

Kreider9:38PM: Ray Ferraro said on TSN 690, “I think Kreider should have at least been fined because lets assume that Brodin doesn’t get up from that collision and he hits the boards differently… are they not going to suspend him? He would be suspended for sure. The action should be suspended and if you want to change behavior, you have to make the player aware that it is not okay. The next time it happens why would Kreider  do anything differently. He doesn’t think he did anything wrong and people will say that Brodin slowed up and tried to reverse into him, what else is he going to do? Keep skating and let him slam him into the glass. If Kreider was at least fined maybe he would find another option.”

9:06PM: Pierre McGuire said on TSN 690 this afternoon, “I like Kreider, I know his family, watched him play at BC and World Juniors, spent a lot of time talking to him. He trains right near where I live but what he did was wrong. That is a bad hit, I don’t like it, that is one of the hits that you want out of the game.”

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8:56PM: On TSN 690 this afternoon, Pierre LeBrun was asked why Chris Kreider isn’t facing a hearing over his hit on Jonas Brodin last night.

LeBrun listed two reasons, saying:

  • “Kreider paid a penalty by being thrown out of the game, never underestimate the fact that the ref threw a player out of a game because that has a bearing sometimes on how player safety reacts.”
  • “is that it’s my understanding that when player safety broke it down they felt that Brodin turned into the hit a little and that is kind of why Kreider gets off.”

LeBrun, because he said he wants to stir the pot while on Montreal radio said, “Kreider seems to have the ability of ‘excuse me while I mistakenly run into you’ if you know what I mean.”

Kreider said today that he was surprised he was thrown out of the game. He added, “it happened in the first so I am basically missing the whole game. That was discipline enough.”

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Recap: Chris Kreider’s comments today

Chris Kreider TongueChris Kreider met with the media today following the Rangers practice (LoHud via Soundcloud)

  • On getting the major and misconduct, ‘I was a little surprised. I didn’t see it as as board since it was so far off the wall. Trying to get on the forecheck  20-15 seconds left, maybe get a chance to pin them and a shot late and I can feel him letting up so I turned sideways not to go through him but at the same time get a piece of him and that is what happened.”
  • On no discipline, “it happened in the first so I am basically missing the whole game. That was discipline enough.”

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Buzz: Chris Kreider is not expected to receive supplementary discipline for his hit last night

Kreider10:47AM: Chris Kreider is not expected to receive any supplementary discipline for his hit on Jonas Brodin last night. (Bob McKenzie)

Kreider was ejected from the game and given a five minute major.

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Dave Maloney said on MSG last night, “Chris Kreider is still figuring out how to use his immense strength and powerful body that he has. That is a five minute penalty and a game misconduct, I would be surprised if there is anything further than that. Brodin has no chance. Chris has to learn how to turn away, he is a powerful man, you can’t hit him that way.”

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News: Chris Kreider ejected from the game (Updates)

Kreider10:43AM: No supplementary discipline is expected for Kreider. (Bob McKenzie)

10:16AM: There is still no indication on Chris Kreider. (Shannon)

9:22AM: Player safety is still debating whether or not to have a hearing for Chris Kreider. (TSN Hockey)

9:08AM: Kevin Weeks said on the NHL Network ,”In the case of Chris Krieder, so explosive but not a good hit decision.”

8:34AM: Kreider is not likely to be suspended according to Larry Brooks. Brooks says that “his hit was more careless/reckless than malevolent.” (NY Post)

10/28/14 | 7:25AM: Brodin suffered a hand injury and one his fingers was wrapped and swollen. (Star Trib)

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Read: Chris Kreider isn’t surprised he is off the PP

Chris Kreider At the Rangers morning skate today, Chris Kreider was taken off the Rangers PP units and Alain Vigneault said that part of the reason was because Kreider turned the puck over 4 times, on the PP, against Montreal. (Leonard)

  • The NHL’s official stat sheet shows Kreider was 0 giveaways.

Kreider told Larry Brooks that he isn’t surprised that he was taken off the PP and said, “I sucked last game.” (Larry Brooks)

Against Montreal, Kreider played 2:08 on the PP.

On the season Kreider has 1 PP goal and is averaging 2:19 per game. He has two shots on goal and one that missed the net.

Last year, Kreider had 6 goals and 6 assists in 2:10 of PP time in the regular season and 3 goals and 2 assists in 3:29 in the playoffs.