What a year Chris Kreider is having.
The Rangers’ 20-year-old rookie — only a month removed from a NCAA Championship with Boston College — scored his fifth goal of the playoffs on Saturday, the insurance marker in New York’s 3-0 Game 3 victory over New Jersey in the Eastern Conference finals.
With the goal, Kreider became New York’s second-leading goalscorer (with five; Brad Richards has six) and broke Eddie Mazur’s record for most playoff goals scored before making a regular season appearance.
Mazur scored four for the Montreal Canadiens over the course of three postseasons (1951-53); Kreider has five in 15 playoff games.
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Amazingly, Kreider now sits tied for seventh in playoff goalscoring, ahead of the likes of Marian Gaborik, Zach Parise and Jeff Carter.