“I think Chris has grown up a lot this year and matured a lot,” said his mother, Kathy Kreider. “He’s has had a lot of good experiences; I think he’s getting stronger, physically and mentally. He’s more determined than ever; he just has to keep working hard.”
David Kreider, wearing a navy Rangers baseball hat and a Team USA jacket that was the same color, said the ups and downs his son has experienced this season between playing for the Rangers and their American Hockey League affiliate in Connecticut have all been positive learning experiences for him.
“That’s the key word, positive. All he wants to do is stay positive,” said his father. “Chris knows you can only worry about what you can control and do what you do.
“There’s always room for improvement, and he recognizes that. There’s a lot of stuff for him to improve on, and when you get your opportunities you have to make the most of it.”
The Rangers lost their first two games against Washington in the Eastern quarterfinals, so they know what it’s like to come back and capture a series, said Kreider. Being back home while trying to control Boston’s surges is key if they hope to win tomorrow night’s must-win Game 3.
“They’re a team that’s good with the lead, but so are we,” said Kreider. “We have to stay positive ... just take it one game at a time and move forward.”