Chris Kreider (Boston College) made his 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff road debut a memorable one.He hustled to get a loose puck back to the left point early Friday night in Pittsburgh, diving to the ice to beat Penguins forward and former BC teammate Brian Gibbons. He then followed up a rebound by Ryan McDonagh (Wisconsin) on that same play with his first goal of the postseason, sparking the New York Rangers to a 1-0 lead en route to a 5-1 win in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series at Consol Energy Arena.
Kreider, who also had an assist, and now has seven goals in 28 career NHL playoff games, is coming off of surgery on a broken left hand. That injury caused him to miss 23 games before he finally skated in Wednesday’s 4-2 loss in Manhattan in Game 4. His goal on Friday also broke the Rangers’ 0-for-36 drought on the power play this postseason that extended back to Game 2 of New York’s first-round, seven-game series victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Rangers forward Martin St. Louis (Vermont) was in the lineup for New York one day after the passing of his mother in Canada. He skated 16 minutes, had one shot on goal, and was named the contest's third star.Pittsburgh now leads the best-of-seven series with the Rangers, three games to two. Game 6 is slated for Sunday evening at Madison Square Garden.