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NHL - US Sports: Kreider proud of Rangers

Forward Chris Kreider spoke proudly of the New York Rangers after they rallied from two goals down to win 5-3 to extend their Eastern Conference First Round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins to seven games.

The Rangers, 20/1 to win the Stanley Cup, have come from 3-1 down in the best-of-seven series to force the winner-takes- all game on Sunday, in which they will enjoy home ice advantage.

New York also came from two behind in Game 5 to win 5-3 with Kreider suggesting the compete level of the team remains the same regardless of the situation, and they have been rewarded for it.

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Kreider has scored four goals, plus two assists for six points in the series. The offensive production at the most important time of year coming after a season in which the 31-year-old scored a career-high 52 goals (third in the NHL) and with 25 assists, a total of 77 points.

Eighth playoff season for Kreider

Kreider has been with the Rangers for 10 seasons and is participating in his eighth playoff campaign. In 86 appearances so far, he has 45 points (28 goals, 17 assists).

His form in the regular season helped New York to second place in the Metropolitan Division (52-24-6), which was seven points ahead of the third placed Penguins (46-25-11).

'Long time coming'

Kreider said to the media: "We've been able to come together as a team through hard times over the course of the year. I think it's been a long time coming for us.

"(I'm) proud of the way this team competes, whether we're down or whether we're up."

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