The history between Chris Kreider and John Tortorella is not particularly a good one. When Tortorella was the head coach of the New York Rangers, Kreider was stifled under him.
Kreider, who is still a rookie, made some rookie mistakes when Tortorella was the head coach of the Rangers and instead of helping him learn from his mistakes by talking to him, he yelled at him and just bench him instead. Under Tortorella, Kreider’s minutes kept decreasing until he was he was eventually sent down to the AHL.
On the bus to and from Hartford and New York, Kreider’s young career resembled a yo-yo of confusion under Tortorella. Many did not understand why Tortorella did not see that Kreider was just a rookie and treated him the way he did, but the past is the past. Whether Kreider admits it or not, he definitely had some extra incentive to do well while playing against his old coach today as Tortorella’s Vancouver Canucks entered Madison Square Garden to face the Rangers.
The Rangers beat Tortorella’s Canucks by a 5-2 score and there was one Rangers player who had a extraordinary day as he picked up a hat trick. Want to take a guess on who that player was?
You got it. Chris Kreider.
Kreider’s confidence and determination all game were a thing of beauty, and for a Rangers’ team who struggles to consistently score goals, it is critical for Kreider to keep putting the puck in the net.
I guess the coaching staff just needs to tell Kreider to imagine that Tortorella is behind the opposing team’s bench in every game, and all should be well. In all seriousness though, there is no doubt in my mind that Kreider had something extra in him as he definitely gave his former head coach the business in a well-deserved home win for himself and the Rangers.
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