- On having a newborn, “It has been tough to sleep and we have been at home so it’s been tough. I’m lucky and my wife has been taking care of a lot of it the night before games.”
- On his start, “It’s been a lot of puck luck, a lot of pucks have been going in that haven’t in the past. It’s just finding some chemistry with Marty early on and now Kreider and Kevin Hayes, we all complement each others games.”
Dave Maloney said that it was impressive how well Hayes fit in with Kreider and Nash.
Asked about the line, Joe Micheletti said that they have size, can skate, pass the puck and score. He said that the line showed a bit of everything
Rick Nash said that the trio spent a lot of time talking because they hadn’t played much together. He praised Hayes’ work at both ends of the ice. (Daily News)
Pierre McGuire said on TSN 1050 on Monday morning “yesterday was a great example of chemistry with players, Nash, Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes were phenomenal as a line. They had it all going on, those are three huge men by the way, that can be a very dangerous line if Kevin Hayes can hold up his end of the bargain.”
Hayes is 6-5, 225, Kreider is 6-3, 226 and Nash is 6-4, 220.
Rick Nash admitted on Monday that while he didn’t spend the summer “dwelling” on his struggles in the playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, memories and flashbacks of those games would enter his mind from time to time. (NY Post)
Nash said that he was bothered by his struggles but he had to move on from them. He added that he, as well as the team, have stressed that last year is behind them. (NY Post)
Asked about his performance in the playoffs, Nash said that he felt he was on top of his game in all areas except scoring. He added that he is relied on to score and that one goal could have changed the complexion of the series. (NY Post)
On his scoring streak this season, Nash said that he isn’t doing anything different than he did in the playoffs except that the puck is going in the net. (NY Post)
Asked what has gone well for Nash so far, Joe Micheletti said “I think he is healthy. When you miss 6 weeks with a concussion and can’t partake in any physical activity and then it’s the Olympics and it’ game after game after game and no time for rest, he couldn’t get back into shape. This year he came to camp in shape and he has been working hard to get to the net. His alertness on the ice and Nash is doing things on the ice that are making peoples eyes open.”
- Nash admitted that his concussion early last year caused problems for him.
Nash was in the top three of the Rangers conditioning tests at the start of training camp.
Alain Vigneault said that scorers get into grooves and that Nash’s attitude and work over the summer has carried over into the season. (MSG, 10/14)
Joe added that Nash has been confident in shooting the puck and getting to the right areas to score goals. (MSG, 10/14)
Dave Maloney said that Nash’s great conditioning has allowed him to be effective on long shifts.
Derick Brassard said last night, “he’s hot right now. I’ve known him for a long time and as soon as I saw him in the first practice, I knew he meant business. He’s been really good for us and we are going to need him to be good for the rest of the season.” (via the Rangers)
- On an exciting time, “it’s very exciting and nothing you can relate it to unless you have been through the whole situation.”
- Baby and Mom doing well, “everyone is great.”
- On the name McLaren, “it’s my middle name, my Grandpa’s middle name, it was his dad’s middle name and goes on and on. I decided to make it his first name.”
10/13/14 | 1:51PM: Nash and his wife Jessica have had a baby boy. (Brooks)
10/12/14 | 10:29PM: Alain Vigneault said on MSG, “this morning when he left he told me his wife had said that the water broke. When they got to the hospital it had not but then in the second period she called back and I guess at that time it had.”
9:26PM: the Rangers have confirmed that Nash has left to be with his wife. (MSG)
9:22PM: Rick Nash is not with the Rangers for the third period and it’s believed that he has left to be with his wife who is due to give birth at any moment. (MSG)
Nash scored his fourth goal of the season in the first period and played 11:40, had one shot on goal, one shot that was blocked, 2 hits, 1 giveaway and was 2 and 2 on faceoffs.