Let me start things off by saying the rivalry between the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders is back. Tonight was one of the most exciting regular season hockey games I have watched in a long time. But let’s talk about the Rangers’ best player tonight, Chris Kreider.
Kreider was absolutely flying from the opening shift of the game. Even better is the fact that he finally got that elusive first goal to go in on the power play. On the power play, Kreider was standing in from of the net being a pest to Evgeni Nabokov. Kreider’s screen helped Ryan McDonagh‘s blast from the point go in to tie the game.
Kreider looked good in all areas of the ice today. I don’t want to jinx it, but it looks like Kreider is finally starting to put it together. He was skating so hard every shift that he was hunched over looking like he was going to throw up at one point. Not only did Kreider play well, but his line mates played just as well. Derek Stepan looked to be his old self, making great passes and playing good defensive hockey. Mats Zuccarello had his best game as a Ranger, as he was flying around as well. This line was absolutely relentless on the forecheck, which created a bunch of great scoring opportunities.
Kreider looked like the prospect that everyone in the Rangers’ organization has been waiting to see play. He used his speed and strength and looked dominant out on the ice.