Chris Kreider took a pass from Rick Nash and scoring an overtime-winning goal to help the New York Rangers avoid a sweep at the hands of the Boston Bruins.
Struggling through the lockout shortened season, perhaps there is no more appropriate Blueshirt to help extend the season for at least one more game.
Overcoming 2-0 and 3-2 leads by the Bruins, the Rangers came roaring back to this series behind Carl Hagelin, Derek Stepan, and even a power play goal from Brian Boyle.
Ultimately, the game came down a sudden death, where the enduring Rangers rookie and playoff Sophomore Kreider was able to send the series back to Boston.
Kreider now has six playoff goals in just 25 career playoff games.
“It’s a resilient group,” he said. “We’re excited to play more hockey.”
Perhaps a changing point for the series came on the first Rangers goal of the game, when a Hagelin shot was tipped in the direction of the goal. A hurried Tuukka Rask went to play the puck, but could not adjust to the slowed down path, already on his side, and gave up the Blueshirts’ first goal on a change up.
Good thing every goal counts in the playoffs.
Much was talked about before this game about John Tortorella’s brash decision to bench struggling star Brad Richards, who is likely to suffer a release this off-season via Amnesty clause.
But perhaps the extra toughness added by replacements Micheal Haley, Kris Newbury and Roman Hamrlik helped turn the tide in this series for the Rangers.
“We’re going to hang around…we’re not going to lay over and die,” said Brian Boyle after the game.
Rangers will look to hang around a bit longer and bring the series back to New York, Saturday in Boston.