Game One Chatter

“ To be honest it is surprising (what Chris Kreider is accomplishing) because this is a pretty high level he jumps into, but it shows his learning curve and his hockey IQ. He shows something every night. Let him keep going, doing that every night, making big plays and doing what he's doing. ”
- Brad Richards
“ Every win feels good, so this is a good start. We were excited, especially when we killed the (5-on-3) penalty (in second period) and all the stadium stand up and cheer. On my goal I saw two defensemen caught in the corner and I just took it to the net, got a lucky bounce. ”
- Artem Anisimov
“ Any moment can be big, but, yeah, that (5-on-3) penalty kill was pretty big. We were two (men) down, but we knew what we needed to do. It's a game of millimeters, though. Sometimes it works out great, and sometimes it doesn't work out so good. Today we were able to be on the positive side. ”
- Ruslan Fedotenko
“ It was a quick turnaround (from Game 7 Thursday to Game 1 this afternoon), but we knew the crowd would be into it, and we fed off that. And that 5-on-3 (penalty kill) was a huge momentum swing in the game. ”
- Ryan McDonagh

While there were many heroes and many big moments in the Rangers 3-1 victory over the Capitals in Game One of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series Saturday afternoon, it seemed like most of the players wanted to mostly talk about the clutch play of rookie Chris Kreider and the importance of a second period two-man disadvnatge penalty kill.

See what Brad Richards, Artem Anisimov, Ruslan Fedotenko, and Ryan McDonagh had to say following the Game 1 win, then share your thoughts below.