Before the game on Tuesday, Alain Vigneault said that the Penguins “big boys” put on their big boy pants in game two and he needed to see his “big boys” put on their “big boy pants” in game three.
Rick Nash, one of the “big boys” continued his scoreless streak in the playoffs of 13 games, 11 games dating back to the regular season, and had 4 shots on goal last night.
Nash leads the league with 41 shots on goal and 67 shot attempts
Pierre McGuire said on TSN 1050 on Tuesday morning, “he will tell you the same thing, he is frustrated and can’t figure it out, he is trying and has more shots on goal than anyone in the playoffs. It’s not like he isn’t trying, he has had some bad luck, some posts, they tried him on a different line with Brad Richards rather than Derek Stepan. Chris Kreider is not in the lineup and when Kreider was playing with Nash, they had some good chemistry. He is trying his butt off, what can you say, it’s just not going in and I feel terrible for the guy. I interviewed him before the game and he is really sincere and wants to make a difference but right now he is not.”
Doug MacLean, who drafted Nash in Columbus, said on Hockey Central at Noon that “Rick has to find a way to score.”
Adam Rotter: Nash is getting into a bit of a Marc-Andre Fleury situation. Not that he is playing as bad as Fleury has in past years, but nothing that he does in the regular season will matter if he can’t perform in the playoffs. It’s now, if he doesn’t get on a run and start scoring, two straight years of going into the second round and not scoring goals. He could score 40-50 goals next season and it would be great but if he can’t follow it up in the playoffs it means nothing. All season long, while Fleury was playing well, people said that he could go 82-0 and it wouldn’t matter if he fell apart in the playoffs again. Nash will start to be in that category if he can’t at least show some ability to start putting the puck in the back of the net in these next few games.