CBS2-Header-Logo WFAN 1010WINS WCBS tiny WLNYLogo
UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY - Latest News | Getting Around Town | Traffic Map | Listen Live: WCBS 880 | 1010 WINS

Rangers

Chris Kreider Draws High Marks From Rangers’ Tortorella After Debut

(credit: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

(credit: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Rangers Central
Shop for Rangers Gear
Buy Rangers Tickets

NHL Scoreboard
NHL Standings
Team STATS
Team Schedule
Team Roster
Team Injuries

NEW YORK SPORTS HEADLINES

Get our weekday morning briefs direct from the WFAN newsroom
Sign Up

NEW YORK (WFAN) – The Rangers — and their fans – got a good look at the future Monday night.

Former first-round pick Chris Kreider finally had his first taste of NHL hockey in Game 3 of the Rangers’ opening-round series against the Ottawa Senators. Coach John Tortorella was pleased with Kreider’s effort in the 1-0 win, a tough spot for a rookie in the playoff pressure-cooker.

“That’s a (heck) of a spot we’re putting the kid in,” Tortorella said. “He certainly shows he can skate in the league, we know that. … There are some things he needs to work on, but he’s in a (heck) of a spot, so I’m really happy with the way he played.”

Kreider won his second NCAA championship with Boston College earlier this month before signing with New York. The 20-year-old registered one shot on goal and one hit in 11:11 on the ice.

“I don’t think I thought coming into this that I would’ve been in the situation I was in tonight,” Kreider said. “But it was a great opportunity and I’m really thankful for it.”

Kreider was told he’d get to skate after forward Carl Hagelin was dealt a controversial three-game suspension by the league. The rookie admitted it was a challenge, and that he may have worn himself out a bit amid the excitement.

“I think I’ve got to pick my spots a little bit better than I did,” he said.

New York leads the best-of-seven series 2-1.

Your thoughts on Kreider’s debut? Sound off below!