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Rangers hero Kreider scores twice in 'war of attrition' against the Kings

By Sports Desk November 23, 2022

Chris Kreider described the New York Rangers' triumph over the Los Angeles Kings as a "war of attrition" as they came from behind to win 5-3.

The Rangers ended the hosts' five-game winning streak on home ice despite a slow start in which they fell 2-0 down in the first period.

With the game locked at 3-3 heading into the final period, it was Kreider's two-goal heroics that ensured the Rangers came out on top.

"I don't think we got bottled up [early], I just think it was kind of a war of attrition," he said following a game in which Braden Schneider, Vincent Trocheck and Kaapo Kakko were also on target for the Rangers.

"A lot of face-offs in the neutral zone, and everything was kind of in the trenches for a while.

"I felt like we did a good job of advancing pucks and making them try to go 200 feet, trying to force turnovers, and it felt like we were just a bounce here or a bounce there away from getting a really good chance."

It was the first time this season the Rangers had come from two goals down to win and Kreider was encouraged to see such spirit from his team.

"That was kind of the staple for us last year – apparently that's the way we win hockey games," he said.

"Obviously we'd like to have a great start, and a great second period, and a fantastic finish, but that's not always how it goes.

"So for us to kind of regroup, and come back, and put our foot on the gas like that, it's definitely a good sign."

Rangers coach Gerrard Gallant was certainly pleased with what he saw.

"I thought everybody played great, they played their roles real well," he said. "I thought we were really, really good in the second period, that was a big difference for us, and then the game just continued that way.

"That's back-to-back games where I've been pretty excited about the way we've played."

"It's definitely satisfying. Being down 2-0 is a little scary 10 minutes into the hockey game, especially on the road, but I thought we battled back well."

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