Teammates Impressed With Kreider

After the second straight game in which he was the most dominant player on the ice, all the talk in the Rangers locker room was about Chris Kreider's contributions towards the Blueshirts recent turn around. And here's one of the reasons why…

…not sure if Kreider planned on banking that off Miller or he was just try to throw it in front, but either way, when you're going good the puck finds the back of the net for you.

Linemate Derek Stepan…

“A big part of our line is Chris Kreider, the way he’s moving his feet,” said Derek Stepan after taking a career high seven shots on net. “He’s on pucks. And then when he does gets pucks, he’s getting the puck to Zucc and Zucc is making plays. I don’t know how many times tonight Zucc makes a big pass that really breaks down the defense and it allows us to get those chances in tight. Those are the two big keys to our success. It’s easy to see when 20 (Kreider’s uniform number) gets going it’s hard to slow him down. It’s been a big part of our line right now. He’s actually speeding my game up, he’s pushing the pace, it’s kind of like the same thing when I started with Hags (Carl Hagelin) last year, Those speed guys, they push the pace and it makes it easier as a line to get some momentum.”

Henrik Lundqvist…

“Confidence is key in this game and his speed is amazing and his strength with the puck, he runs over guys. You can just tell he’s confident and it makes a big difference. Sometimes he realizes he has a little bit more time to make a play or to go to the net, it’s big for us, some guys step up for us right now and help us turn it around.”

Alain Vigneault…

“The Hartford coaches did a great job of getting him where he needs to be,” Vigneault said. “Ever since he’s been back he’s been if not our best forward one of our best forwards every game, using his speed, using his size, going to the net hard, making it tough on the other team’s D. He’s got to keep doing that because we need that from him.”

…if you look at the guys who have been carrying the team offensively lately (Kreider, Hags, Zucc, Brassard and Pouliot), they're all speed guys. AV's up-tempto style of play really gives guys with that element to their game a real advantage because puck possession is so important. These guys have been aggressive in tracking down pucks in the corners or along the boards prolonging possession in the offensive zone or gaining it defensively and then making a play. It's been awesome to watch.

…as far as Kreider goes, Lundqvist hits it on the head when he mentions confidence. The kid has been put through the ringer the last two years being bounced around between the Rangers and Hartford. But I think it's safe to say they'll be no more bus rides to Bridgeport for him this season.

…it's also nice to see him finally using his strength to dominate opposing players physically.

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