Kreider got a chance to play with stud forward Rick Nash and the Rangers’ top center Derek Stepan. You could notice the jump in his play as he was flying around the ice.
Kreider, who has spent most of the season in the AHL or on the Rangers fourth line, finally got a chance to play and he showed why he is such coveted prospect for the Rangers. His speed creates so many problems for other teams defenseman. You saw this on his game-winning goal in overtime as he got past Boston Bruins‘ defenseman Dougie Hamilton and deflected a Nash pass top shelf past Tukka Rask.
The Rangers looked dead after the Bruins took a 2-0 lead on a power play goal in the second period. But the Rangers fought back thanks to some fortuitous bounces. Carl Hagelin threw a weak backhander to the net and it got by Rask. Rask appeared to slip on the play. This was by far the strangest goal I have ever seen in my life. Stepan then stole the puck from Zdeno Chara behind the net and wrapped it around for another odd goal. The Bruins scored another power play goal as Tyler Seguin got his first goal of the playoffs. But the Rangers continued to fight back and finally broke through on the power play. Brian Boyle scored off of a nice pass from Stepan to tie the game at three.
But all the Rangers hard work would have been undone if it were not for Kreider. The 22-year-old winger scored his third game winning goal in the playoffs, which is amazing for such a young talent. Kreider must continue to play well if the Rangers want to force a game 6.