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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Kreider OK after hit

By Katie Strang

Feel free to exhale, Rangers fans.

Although it appeared winger Chris Kreider was shaken up after Brooks Orpik's open-ice hit late in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Penguins, it was actually Kreider's jaw, not his head, that was hurting.

Kreider explained that he has had previous jaw issues -- he broke it after taking a puck to the face from a teammate during his sophomore year at Boston College -- and that his TMJ joint spasmed after the hit.

The 22-year-old rookie, who skated on a line during practice Tuesday with center Derek Stepan and captain Ryan Callahan, said no concussion test was needed.

And like coach John Tortorella, Kreider said he felt the hit was clean.

"[He] must've learned that at BC," Kreider said of Orpik, who also played for Boston College.

Tortorella said he was "not sure" if gritty forward Arron Asham will be available Wednesday when the team gets another shot at the Bruins.

Asham missed practice with a "mild groin strain," according to the team.