Kreider fuels Rangers’ rout in Tortorella return
Chris Kreider scored three goals, and Rick Nash added a goal and two assists as
The New York Rangers spoiled the return of former coach John Tortorella by rolling to a 5-2 victory over his Vancouver Canucks in the NHL on Saturday.
Chris Kreider netted two in the first period for his first NHL multigoal game, and finished his hat trick by tipping in Anton Stralman’s shot with his back to the net at 9:38 of the third. Kreider had scored only five goals — three this season — in his first 43 career games.
His effort brought a rain of hats onto the Madison Square Garden ice.
Rick Nash added a goal and two assists.
David Booth and Daniel Sedin scored for Vancouver.
Rangers rookie backup Cam Talbot was sharp again in spelling Henrik Lundqvist, and made 35 saves in his first home start to improve to 6-1. He has allowed only 11 goals in eight outings.