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Tortorella favoring 20-year-old over Gaborik

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08:25 AM ET 04.27 | It didn't take Chris Kreider long to impress both observers -- an announcer speculated Thursday whether he was the fastest player in the league -- and his new boss. [Game 7] provided the most startling development yet. With the Rangers season on the line, coach John Tortorella showed a lot of faith in the youngster by giving him 18:21 minutes of ice time. To put that in perspective, that's nine more seconds than Marian Gaborik got. "He has no fear," Tortorella told PHT's Joe Yerdon. Kreider held his own in the contest and finished the game with a plus-one rating. Although he isn't expected to be a star in the Rangers playoff run, his presence certainly helps to tip the scales in their favor.

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April 27, 2012  08:35 AM ET

Congrats to the Rangers. Let's Go Caps!!

April 27, 2012  08:39 AM ET

After watching the close-checking, neutral zone clogging, defense first Boston-Washington series, at least the first period of the Rangers-Sens game was a wide open affair.

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April 27, 2012  09:03 AM ET

I love it......the kid is putting pressure on Gaborik to perform.......and I don't mean just scoring ...all the little things.....playing hard on the puck....digging in the corners....being smart with the puck ( if there's no play get it deep etc..) ...limit the turnovers.... don't take stupid penalties....Hagelin and Kreider.....we have a really bright future.......

April 27, 2012  09:04 AM ET
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Gaborik disappears in the playoffs more than Toronto hockey teams!

I think Gaborik....quite against type mind you....played a pretty good series on BOTH sides. yeah, he's paid to score, but sometimes, you have to alter a bit for various reasons, like Ovechkin and Kovalchuck seem to have done, though Kovalchuck is doing it for sytem reasons....and doing it well...most of the season.
Gaby made a few nice plays last night, I think he even hit someone behind the Sens net

April 27, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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I love it......the kid is putting pressure on Gaborik to perform.......and I don't mean just scoring ...all the little things.....playing hard on the puck....digging in the corners....being smart with the puck ( if there's no play get it deep etc..) ...limit the turnovers.... don't take stupid penalties....Hagelin and Kreider.....we have a really bright future.......

exactly.
And if it was anyone but Karlson, Hagelin gets a breakaway last night

April 27, 2012  09:09 AM ET
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exactly.And if it was anyone but Karlson, Hagelin gets a breakaway last night

Now we get the "Capital Monkey" off our back next.....I still have "John Druce" nightmare's.....

April 27, 2012  09:09 AM ET
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Gaborik disappears in the playoffs more than Toronto hockey teams!

He's usually hurt a lot more so might be confused on what he's supposed to do

April 27, 2012  09:19 AM ET
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Now we get the "Capital Monkey" off our back next.....I still have "John Druce" nightmare's.....

They got that monkey off in Round 2 in 94

April 27, 2012  09:21 AM ET
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I still have "John Druce" nightmare's.....

Ah yes, Mr. Druce...a legend that lasted a lunchtime

April 27, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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He's usually hurt a lot more so might be confused on what he's supposed to do

Congrats Nard

April 27, 2012  09:22 AM ET

an announcer speculated Thursday whether he was the fastest player in the league.....


of course it was Pierre---

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April 27, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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I think Gaborik....quite against type mind you....played a pretty good series on BOTH sides. yeah, he's paid to score, but sometimes, you have to alter a bit for various reasons, like Ovechkin and Kovalchuck seem to have done, though Kovalchuck is doing it for sytem reasons....and doing it well...most of the season.Gaby made a few nice plays last night, I think he even hit someone behind the Sens net

Yeah but it was one of the Ice Girls.

April 27, 2012  09:38 AM ET
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Guessing you enjoyed your Thursday evening, Sir Nardo.

Friday morning was actually better! Around 12:30 to be exact

April 27, 2012  09:42 AM ET
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an announcer speculated Thursday whether he was the fastest player in the league.....of course it was Pierre---

I scoffed at that comment last night. He's not even the fastest player on his team. If I recall correctly, Mr. Hagelin won the fastest skater at the All-Star game. Maybe Kreider is faster, but from my observations while at the Frozen Four, he didn't seem night and day faster than all those he was playing against. He's a great player, but let's hold off on hyperbole Pierre.

April 27, 2012  09:43 AM ET

Paging Mr Gaborik!! Heres one...Gaborik for Nash.

 
April 27, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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Friday morning was actually better! Around 12:30 to be exact

I don't think I've ever seen so many times when it looked like either team was going to score but somehow didn't. That was an exciting game and I really wasn't rooting for either side.

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