Chris Kreider returned to the Rangers lineup last night and said that he felt like it was his "first NHL game again." (MSG)
Kreider said that he was nervous all day and that ultimately it felt "awesome" and exciting to be back on the ice. (MSG)
Kreider added (NYR Game Notes):
- "It was definitely an emotional game for me, thinking about where I was six weeks ago and the position I was in, kind of reflecting on all of the support that I had. It's hard because obviously the team is going through a rough time, but I couldn't stop smiling. I'm just happy to be playing hockey again."
- "It's hard not to appreciate every single game at this point, especially this first one. The right word is perspective, so I was happy to be out there and happy to be with my teammates. I'm just trying to appreciate every moment."
Kreider played 15:59, had 2 shots on goal and 4 hits.
Alain Vigneault said of Kreider after the game, "I thought he brought us some good energy. The speed that he brings, that take-away speed that he has where he can push the other team's defense, it was there. You saw a young man there that was out for quite some time with a serious injury. He really worked his way back, and wanted to come back and help the team. It was good to see." (NYR Game Notes)