While 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!
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
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
"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
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.