Rangers forward Chris Kreider, who had his share of struggles this season, has worked diligently on his game and played a variety of roles. On Thursday night, coach John Tortorella rewarded him by elevating Kreider to a line with right wing Rick Nash and center Derick Brassard for Game 4, which was pivotal for the Rangers.
Kreider scored the winning goal at 7:03 of overtime to give the Rangers a 4-3 victory and keep them alive for Saturday’s Game 5. The Bruins lead the series, 3-1, now as the series shifts back to Boston.
The goal was Kreider’s first of the postseason in his seventh postseason game of the year.
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