Feb 14, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) scores on Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) during the second period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Goal #4: Against Mike Smith (PHX)- 14 February 2015
In a “should win” game against the Arizona Coyotes, the Rangers did not disappoint. Chris Kreider scored the first goal of the game with less than a minute into the first period. After a nice defensive play by Kevin Klein, he flipped up to Derek Stepan. And has been the combination for most of the year, Stepan put it on Kreider’s stick and sat back to watch his highlight goal. Using his speed again, Kreider sckate past Coyotes defenseman Michael Stone and backhanded the puck past goalie Mike Smith. Another example of his evolving goal-scoring abilities.
It was a goal in a 5-1 blowout by the Rangers, and marked the 500th win in head coach Alain Vigneault’s coaching career.
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