In Game 5 in Pittsburgh, the New York Rangers were finally able to snap their atrocious 0-for-36 streak on the power play. Even more shocking was that they would go on to score another power play goal in the second period, and were actually 2-for-2 on the power play at one point.
Chris Kreider proved just how valuable he is for the Rangers on the power play, and how he was sorely missed when he was out with the broken hand. In his second game back with the Rangers since his injury, not only did Kreider break the Rangers’ streak with a power play goal, but if it weren’t for his brilliant dive, said goal off of a rebound would have never occurred.
It is not only the goals and assists that make Kreider valuable on the Rangers’ power play, but just his presence alone. Kreider asserts himself by planting his big body in front of the net, which the Rangers consistently failed to do in his absence, causing screens that lead to more power play goals.
Kreider may not be the best player on the team, but he may be the most important when it comes to the power play.