Chris Kreider's Two Goals Give Rangers Win over Anaheim Ducks

Dec 15, 2023; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) is greeted by
Dec 15, 2023; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) is greeted by / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
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Your New York Rangers got back in the win column with a victory over the Anaheim Ducks. It was the Blueshirts who controlled this game for the most part, after giving up the games first goal. Recovering from what could have been a tricky position against a sticky team like the Ducks bodes well, but the Rangers were always going to be expected to run the score up against an NHL bottom feeder.

It started with a Ducks goal. A big hit on Ryan Lindgren from Brock McGinn sees the Ducks take the puck at center ice. Brett Leason walks in and fires it past Jonathan Quick. This was probably somewhat saveable, but the Rangers were behind again as the Rangers were chasing the game. It's becoming a theme for this Blueshirts roster.

New York would get it back as Mika Zibanejad drove the net with the puck. It was poked off the stick of the Swede and it found Chris Kreider. Marry Kreidsmas as he fires the puck in and ties the game up at one. It was the 500th career point of Kreider. A New York Rangers icon at this point, this is a player that could see his number retired by this organization if things keep going this way.

New York would take the lead about halfway through the second. New York won a battle along the boards and the puck squirmed out to Adam Fox. Fox got the puck over to Jimmy Vesey, and one of the most clutch players in Ranger history was able to convert the chance, grabbing the lead for the Rangers in their darker blue shirts.

As the Rangers often do, they would find themselves with the powerplay on the ice. Artemi Panarin would fire the puck down low to Chris Kreider, and he converted his 100th career powerplay marker. His second of the night made it 3-1 Blueshirts, and the Rangers were starting to take the game by the scruff of the neck. With the Rangers now up multiple goals against a bottom feeder, it felt like this game was safe for now.

Mika Zibbanejad would put the game out of reach when he scored to make it 4-1. With a little less than five minutes left, he was left alone with a one-timer from the left dot and the Rangers started to take hold on this game. Adam Edstrom would grab his first NHL goal in his NHL debut before the end of the third, and the Rangers topped all three California teams at home in regulation.