5/8/14 | 7:05AM: Brad Richards said after the game, “it’s tough..it’s a tough thing, Rick is a human being who is out there trying his best and putting pressure on himself but we have all been through different situations and we are 100% behind him. This is a tough league and you can’t just go out there and score goals because someone says that you have to, because the fans say that you have to, the media say you have to, it’s a lot different than that. What a better time to get on the road and not just for him but for all of us to forget about these two games.” (Rangers Report)
He added, “does it upset me, yea it upsets me. It upsets everyone in the locker room…we are not 15th in the league, we didn’t finish in April losing 8-1, we are in the second round of the playoffs but that is my opinion and I understand sports and where it’s all at, so does he and everyone in here but it’s not one person, it’s the whole team, as a team we didn’t play tonight and for one guy or two guys to get booed, it’s frustrating because we all put our foot in our mouth tonight.” (Rangers Report)
5/7/14 | 10:59PM: On MSG, Al Trautwig said “you could hear the booing for Nash and St. Louis and I totally get it but if you think about the human condition, there is no way on earth that booing is going to get you what you want which is for the player to be better. That is just not how things work. It just so happens that Nash was around the puck a lot tonight and bad things happened.”
10:54PM: On MSG, Alain Vigneault said:
- On Rick Nash being booed, “Ultimately the fans can do what they want. I would prefer if our fans right now were supportive. It might not look it but we are trying our guts off here. We are trying to put our best game on the ice, we are trying our best and I would prefer that we have support but ultimately at the end of the day the fans can do what they want.”
- Is Nash becoming a scapegoat, “Rick is trying real hard, he had some real good looks. He feels a lot of pressure right now and I gotta tell you, he is battling real hard. Maybe we can rally around that and have a good game in Pittsburgh.”
10:49PM: “Brad Richards said he feels upset and entire room feels upset to hear Nash booed like that” (Katie Strang)
10:22PM: Early in the third period, while skating up the ice with the puck many at MSG started to “boo” Rick Nash.
Nash was booed at varying levels every time he touched the puck in the third period.
On MSG, Nash was asked about it and said, “it’s tough but you understand where they are coming from. I made a tough play and it cost us a goal against and you need to take ownership of those plays and understand why that happens.”
Nash had four shots on goal, 2 shots that missed the net, four hits and two giveaways.
Ron Duguay said on MSG that he thought Nash looked nervous on the ice.