For a player who played a little less than 13 minutes and did not register a point or a shot on goal, Rangers rookie Chris Kreider still found himself smack in the middle of two of the most important plays of the game Thursday night at Scotiabank Place.
Early in the third period Kreider was tripped up be Ottawa defenseman Marc Methot and subsequently crashed into Senators goaltender Craig Anderson---who was in the midst of a shutout at that point in the game. While Kreider left the crash unscathed, Anderson was helped off the ice with a sprained ankle, and Ben Bishop had to finish the game in goal for Ottawa.
Then in the seventh round of the shootout---with the Rangers needing a goal from Kreider to pull even and force an eighth round---the rookie rang his shot off the post, and hung his head while lingering on the ice as the Senators celebrated their 3-2 victory.
After the game Kreider discussed both incidents with reporters.
See what Chris Kreider said postgame Thursday, then comment on those two hugely important plays below.