In Game 1 we saw a different Chris Kreider then we saw during the regular season. Kreider was part of the offense, did some hitting, and played an all around solid game.
In Game 2 we saw Kreider watching the game from the Press Box and the insert of Dorsett. Dorsett brought a more physical game but seemed to be out of shape at times and did not play with his head. A few key turnovers and two stupid penalties put the Rangers in a bad spot.
The debate between who should play should be a short one in my opinion. Dorsett has been cleared of his broken collar bone just in time for the playoffs on a team he had not played with and gained any chemistry with as of yet. Its a tough spot for anyone to be put in. Having a lack of conditioning and being thrown into the playoffs, down a game does not help the situation. Kreider has been playing a full season on and off at the NHL level but he has playoff experience and showed he can excel. I am not completely knocking Dorsett after only one game. This is playoffs and after a NHL leading 52 goals in April, don’t fix whats not broken. Kreider should be in there and Dorsett should be the first guy in the lineup to replace an injury.
Correction from earlier. No gear here for likely scratches Kreider, Newbury, Hamrlik, Gilroy
— Pat Leonard (@NYDNRangers) May 6, 2013
Good to see Torts doesn’t agree with me. Come on Torts!!!
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