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Former Warrior Chris Kreider Nets First Career NHL Hat Trick
kreider_hattrick.jpgWhile his former team hosted the Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament in Haverhill, Chris Kreider was miles away making headlines of his own.

Kreider, who played for the Warrior organization from mites through bantams, netted his first career NHL hat trick on Saturday night to lead his New York Rangers over the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden.


Kreider became the first rookie to score a hat trick for the Rangers (14-13) since Derek Stepan on Oct. 9, 2010, in Buffalo. He is second on the club in goals and has 16 points in 20 games since being recalled from AHL Hartford.

“Obviously [the NHL] where I want to be,” said Kreider recently to the Tri-Town Transcript. “Its not something I try to give too much thought too. I just try to take advantage of every time I step out on the ice, regardless of how much I’m out there, or what role I’m in. You just try to get use to it.”

“If your minutes get cut, you can’t use that as an excuse,” he added. “You have to try to take advantage of the minutes that you get.”

Here is an article, courtesy of the New York Daily News, about Kreider's memorable night in New York!


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Chris Kreider's hat trick spoils John Tortorella's return to the Garden
Originally published: November 30, 2013 4:38 PM

Updated: November 30, 2013 8:16 PM
By STEVE ZIPAY  steve.zipay@newsday.com

The hard work has paid off. With a hat trick against a former nemesis, Chris Kreider has gone from the doghouse to the penthouse.

Kreider, who never could earn the good graces of John Tortorella, scored a hat trick and Cam Talbot continued his terrific run, making 35 saves, as the Rangers spoiled Tortorella's return to Madison Square Garden with a 5-2 victory Saturday over the Canucks.

"As always, I'm not talking about the other team's players," said Tortorella, who demoted Kreider to the minors several times. "I have enough problems with my own."

Kreider insisted that there wasn't any extra motivation or satisfaction in scoring three times against his ex-coach's team. "It's two points and an opportunity to win at home," he said. "It would have been nice to have one or two of those goals in Boston [a 3-2 loss on Friday]."

The left wing, who did not make the club out of training camp, is the first rookie to score a hat trick for the Rangers (14-13) since Derek Stepan on Oct. 9, 2010, in Buffalo. He is second on the club in goals and has 16 points in 20 games since being recalled from AHL Hartford, where Vigneault said his game noticeably improved.

Vigneault's decision to change lines and put Stepan between Kreider and Rick Nash worked wonders in the Rangers' first game against Tortorella, who had been fired seven days after Vigneault last summer. Nash had a goal and two assists, and the line had eight points and 12 of the team's 24 shots.

"They definitely opened things up [for me]," said Nash, whose tip for a 3-0 lead chased Roberto Luongo just 17 seconds into the second period.

Kreider opened the scoring when Nash fed him while racing through the slot to beat Luongo with a stick-side wrister at 12:37 of the first period, and added another from the crease, tipping Ryan McDonagh's shot on the power play at 16:54. Kreider tipped another shot, this time past Eddie Lack, at 9:38 of the third for his sixth and the hats rained down.

"We kind of climbed on Kreider's back and kept going," said Talbot, who has done his share of heavy lifting. The 26-year-old, who took over for veteran Martin Biron, improved to 6-1-0 with a 1.41 goals against average and a .944 save percentage. He has yet to allow more than two goals in any start.

Talbot, who had posted two consecutive shutouts, stopped the first 24 shots until David Booth cut in front and scored on a nifty backhander at 15:50 of the second with the Rangers ahead 4-0. The home crowd saluted his effort, chanting "Tal-bot, Tal-bot" for the 26-year-old, who was making his first start at the Garden. "I heard it," he said, "it's great to have the support."

With Chris Tanev off for holding at 9:20, defenseman Michael Del Zotto, back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for five of the last eight games, scored on a slap shot from the right circle for a four-goal cushion.

In all, 10 Rangers had points in the game, which came a day after the Boston defeat, a loss that left Vigneault cursing and slamming a door after his post-game presser. But he was smiling Saturday.


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2015 Set to be an Unprecedented Year for American-Born & VJW Players
VJW Alum Chris Kreider Emerges as An NHL Game Changer
Valley Jr. Warriors Put Massachusetts Back on the NHL Map - Part I of III
VJW Alum Noah Hanifin Named to U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team
Looking Forward to 2014 VJW Tournaments
Former Warrior Mike Vecchione Helps Union College Win First National Title
VJW '97 Elites Cap Off Superior Season at USA Hockey National Championship
It's Game Time for VJW U16's at the 2014 USA Hockey National Championship
Former Warriors - Fitzgerald, Silk & Vecchione - Highlight Frozen Four
Three VJW Junior A Players Announce Plans for 2014-15 Season
VJW ’97 Elites Prepare for 2014 USA Hockey U16 Tier I National Championship
Three VJW '00 Elites Participate in Prestigous East Coast Young Guns Showcase
VJW Players Highlight 2014 Super 8 Hockey Championship
Valley Jr Warrior Junior A Team Soars Into Second Round of EHL Playoffs
A Parent's Perspective: Reflections On Another Great Season of Warrior Hockey
Valley Jr Warriors Post Perfect Record on NEHL Championship Sunday
Valley Jr Warrior Teams Win Three NEHL Championship Titles
In Memory of Paul Gilmartin, Sr.
VJW Alums Lead USA Under-17 team to Another International Title
Thanks to VJW Alum Alex Carpenter For Representing Team USA at Sochi
Valley Jr Warriors Named Charter Member of E9 Elite Hockey League
So Much to Look Forward to - VJW Tryout Season Begins This Week
VJW Alums Ryan Fitzgerald & Brendan Silk Celebrate 62nd Beanpot Tournament Win
Former NHL Stars Ken Hodge & Scott Lachance Named VJW Bantam Coaches
VJW Junior A Standout Charlie Widmar Commits to St. Olaf College
Did You Know? 10% of the Beanpot Players Are Valley Jr Warrior Alums!
Former Warrior Ryan Heavey Stands Tall for Babson Beavers
Former VJW Player Jake Kulevich Has Found a Home at Colgate
VJW Accepting Applications From Experienced and Qualified Coaches
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VJW Teams Head to Rhode Island for JWK Tournament
VJW '00 Selects Enjoy A Night at Frozen Fenway
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Alex Carpenter Named to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team Roster
VJW '03 Elites Advance to Semifinals at the North American Frozen Cup
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VJW '01 Elites Impress and Dominate at 2013-2014 Super01 Series Tournament
Valley Jr Warriors Youth Teams Continue NEHL Player of the Week Streak
Charlie Widmar & Shane Tracy Named EHL Mid-Season All Stars
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Another Major Success For the Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament
VJW Teams Win Three of Six Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament Titles
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Former Warrior Chris Kreider Nets First Career NHL Hat Trick
VJW Teams Prepare For Playoffs at Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament
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Ken Hodge & Ryan St. Jean Backstop VJW '00 Elites to a Great Start
VJW Junior A Squad Scores Four Power-Play Goals in League Win
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From the VJW to the NHL: Chris Kreider and Corey Schneider
Logan Bridgewater Named NEHL Player of the Week
VJW '99 Elites Advance to Mass State Championship Finals
Hunter Wilhoite Named Eastern Hockey League Defensive Player of the Week
Former Warrior Ryan Fitzgerald Named Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week
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Four VJW Players Receive NEHL Player of the Week Honors
VJW '00 Elites Capture 2013 East Coast Classic Prep Cup Tournament Title
VJW '97 Elites Dominate and Win 2013 Midget Fall Classic
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VJW Junior A Team Falls to Northern Cyclones in Week 2
Brendan Parent of the VJW '99s Named NEHL Player of the Week
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