After going 14 games in the playoffs this year without a goal, Rick Nash has goals in back to back games for the Rangers and scored his first career playoff game winner in game two.
Nash said after the game on MSG that he always seems to be streaky and that frustration was building up. He said that all he wants to do is help the team win games.
Nash said on Tuesday (via the NHL) that he has tried to stay positive but it was frustrating that he wasn’t helping the team add offense when that is what he is supposed to do. Nash said that all he cares about is the team winning but he wants to do what he can to help. He added that when you struggle as he was you feel it at the rink, at home and everywhere.
Alain Vigneault said after the game on Monday, “he’s smiling a bit more lately and to see him finally get rewarded, he is working extremely hard but to see him contribute….he is getting that touch around the net and that is a good sign for us.”
Vigneault said on Tuesday (via the NHL), “well, I think it’s safe to say everybody expected Rick to score. He was brought in for his production. He’s going through what players go through now and then. He stuck with it. His teammates stuck with him. He kept working extremely hard, and it was just a matter of time for him, in our estimation, to come out of it and now it looks good for us.”
Ryan McDonagh said that it looks like Nash is starting to get some confidence offensively but he never changed his game defensively and was making good plays there. (NY Times)
Brad Richards said that the Rangers advancing in the playoffs allowed Nash more time to break out of his slump. (NHL.com)
Aaron Portzline tweeted “Nash scores goals like a snake eats. Always has. Weeks without a nibble, then gorges.”
Dustin Tokarksi said that he thought Nash would hold onto the puck for a little longer and the shot caught him off guard. (NY Post)