Chris Kreider said he stepped on the ice without any distractions Thursday night.

It was easier said than done.

The Boxford native and former BC star was playing in front of friends and family, and against the Bruins, the team he grew up rooting for. He was also in a place — the Garden — and a situation — the playoffs — where he’s had success.

“Obviously there’s a little added excitement there, just coming home and being able to play in front of some friends and family at the same time,” Kreider said. “(I was) more excited just to start the second round, I guess. Obviously we didn’t get the outcome we wanted, though.”

Soon after leading the Eagles to a national championship last spring, Kreider signed with the New York Rangers last year. He made his debut in the postseason and instantly made headlines. His first two goals were game-winners, and his five total playoff goals before playing in a regular-season game is an NHL record.

He was anointed the next big thing after that performance, but the success didn’t carry over.