The New York Rangers may have to do without the heroics of rookie wing Chris Kreider as their Eastern Conference semifinal series shifts back to Boston for Game Five at TD Garden Saturday.
Kreider was responsible for the timely overtime winner in Game Four that helped New York avoid elimination and extend the best of seven series versus the Bruins one more game.
The first round pick did not practice with the team Friday, though Kreider is still listed as active. It was Kreider’s first playoff goal, and in 23 regular season games he totaled two goals and one assist.
The Rangers eventually dug themselves out of a 2-0 hole in Game Four, with goals by Carl Hagelin, leading regular season scorer Derek Stepan, and their third power play goal of the playoffs by Brian Boyle. Stepan also assisted Boyle on the power play. The Rangers are now 3-for-42 with an extra man during the playoffs.
Boston’s Nathan Horton and Torey Krug also scored on power plays and Tyler Seguin gave his club a 3-2 lead with about 12 minutes remaining in the game.
New York managed to break past Bruins keeper Tuuka Rask, who was perfect 3-0 in overtime during the postseason until Krieder’s late goal.
Joining Kreider on the bench on Friday was Darroll Powe and Ryane Clow, both for unlisted reasons.
Boston may go on to win Saturday night without the likes of Dennis Seidenberg, Wade Redden, and Andrew Ference.
The game begins at 5:30 p.m. Eastern, and will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network, watch a live online stream at NBC Live Extra here.
Betting Odds: Boston is favored by 1.5 goals.
Over/Under: 5 goals
Prediction: Boston 3-2