Brooks says that Nash was brought in as the “missing ingredient” for a team that struggled to score in the 2012 playoffs but since coming to the Rangers he only has one goal in 16 playoff games. (NY Post)
Nash was his most effective in game three in the final minutes when, Brooks says, Nash was able to weave in and out of traffic as well as hold onto pucks. (NY Post) Nash fired a backhand shot that Joe Micheletti said during the broadcast was just inches past the far post.
Ron Duguay said on Hockey Night Live that he isn’t sure Rick Nash has played enough in the playoffs to really understand what level he needs to play at.
Kan Daneyko said, “You get experience by getting more pressure situations, he has only played 20 games in the playoffs but he won’t use that as an excuse because he knows that he is counted on heavily to produce for his team. I know you can’t play every shift at full bore but that last shift was magical.”
Dave Maloney said, “he has to play with a determination and honestly I am not sure that it’s in him. He is the big easy, you need your top guys to play with that edge. You need your top guys to dictate the pace for your team. I don’t think that he looks at himself any differently it’s just a matter of can he get it done.”
Dugay and Daneyko agreed that on some shifts Nash just needs to be selfish with the puck and go to the net.
Brayden Coburn said that the Flyers are defending Nash by committee and their focus is on keeping him to the outside. (Daily News)
Nash said that all of the Flyer defensemen are playing physical, finishing checks and that the Rangers need to hold onto pucks and bump by them. (Daily News)
When asked about Nash on Saturday, Alain Vigneault said “Rick really wants to do well and he is trying every shift when he is on the ice to put his best foot forward. It’s a tough league and the opposition, when you have an elite player like that, has a plan and he needs to keep working, he needs to elevate his game. He knows he is a big part of us having success, winning games and moving forward. The one thing I don’t doubt about him is his willingness and he prepares himself well and it’s his time and our teams time. This is a team game and he is a big part of that and he is trying to do his best.”