Rick Nash

Read: Needing more from Rick Nash and what people are saying about him

Larry Brooks writes that, so far, Rick Nash has not delivered on why he was brought to the Rangers, which was to score big goals in the playoffs.  (NY Post)

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.

Katie Strang (ESPN NY) writes that Nash’s “seminal” moment as a Ranger came in March against Columbus when he was engaged and had a “fiery performance.”

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.

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Read: Rick Nash through three games


4/25/14 |  12:04PM: Derek Stepan says that Nash is an elite player and you need to look past his stats to see the amount of plays that he makes. (NHL.com)

4/24/14 |  8:35AM: Through three games, Rick Nash has 0 goals and 4 assists.

Nash has attempted 23 shots, tied with Brad Richards for the lead, and has 18 shots on goal, 3 shots that missed the net and 2 shots that were blocked.

He has one primary assist and three secondary assists and is averaging 19:11 per game.

Nash is averaging 4:17 per game on the PP and 48 seconds on the PK.

According to Extra Skater, when Nash is on the ice at 5 on 5 the Rangers control 58.8% of the shot attempts and 60.5% of the shots on goal.

Nash’s shots that have missed the net have come from an average of 18.6 ft out and his shots on goal come from an average of 41.4 ft out.

Nash struggled to produce in the playoffs last year.

Adam Rotter: I’ve liked how Nash has played so far, especially last night in the first period where he was very engaged, went to the net and was involved with both goals. You expect Nash to put the puck in the net but it would be a lot more concerning if he wasn’t getting shots and if his shots weren’t getting on goal. In the end though, he is helping to create goals and help win games and that is why the Rangers got Rick Nash.

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Read: Rick Nash has a chip on his shoulder for the playoffs

In the playoffs last year, Rick Nash played in all 12 games and ranked seventh on the team in points with one goal and four assists.

Nash led the team in shots with 42 and averaged 20:27 per game.

He said after the season ended that he felt he played well in the playoffs but said earlier this season that he knows he can do more in the playoffs.

Nash said that he thinks everyone should have a chip on their shoulder to perform in the playoffs. He says that it’s important to go into the playoffs feeling that way.  (Ranger Rants)

Earlier this week, Alain Vigneault was asked about Nash and said “based on what I have seen this year, he is our best and one of the best in the league as far as scoring game winning goals so he puts himself in the right spots and puts himself in the right areas. He has big game experience. I think last season was his second time in the playoffs and I am confident that he will learn from that and he is a hard worker and dedicated and he will put his best foot forward on Thursday.”

Adam Rotter: Nash is the guy who has the most to prove in the playoffs. There has been less attention paid to him with the play of Mats Zuccarello and all the hoopla surrounding Marty St. Louis, but Nash was brought in to be “the guy” for the Rangers and he needs to establish that he can be a playoff performer. His regular season was up and down with a concussion and some red hot streaks and some ice cold streaks but this whole year has been building for Nash and the playoffs. He has been good on the biggest stages for Canada and while it’s not the same, he knows and the team knows that he can be that player in the playoffs for the Rangers. It starts tonight for him to show it.


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Read: Matt Calvert calls what Rick Nash did gutless/Nash explains why they fought

The Blue Jackets Matt Calvert discussed why he fought with Rick Nash last night.

Calvert said, “he took a cheap shot at our goalie and we didn’t have a chance to respond because the linesman jumped in, I know one of the guys on the ice would have responded, and I had a chance at the start of the third to get the boys going and to have him pay for what he did…it was a gutless move and I am glad it happened.” (CBJ)

Nash was asked what set him off and said, “probably the two cross checks to the head, the slew foot and the fact that he said he was going after me no matter what and he doesn’t care. That is enough to set me off….did you see it?”

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Read: Why Rick Nash went after Sergei Bobrovsky

Rick NashLate in the second period Rick Nash went hard to the net, appeared to score and also ran over Sergei Bobrovsky.

Nash got up, went to the crease and after a few seconds shoved Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

After the game Nash was asked what set him off and said, “what set me off? Did you see me go pick up my stick…and he had two whacks in the first period when I was in front of the net and then I go to pick up my stick and he goes and flings it away…so you need to own up when you do something like that and I had to own up when I pushed him.”

Nash added, “two whacks and then I went to pick up my stick…did you guys see that?….it’s part of the game and he is an emotional guy and I am sure he is trying to get into the game and I am trying to get my team into the game and it’s hockey.”

Earlier in the game:

  • Bobrovsky jabbed Nash right behind the net, while in front of the crease, causing him to fall to the ice.
  • While skating past each other at the start of a period Bob stuck his foot out and made contact with Nash’s foot

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Read: Tomorrow will be special for Rick Nash (Updates)

4PM: Nash spoke with the media in Columbus today about his return (Rangers):

  • How was it being back today, “a lot of fun, memories, a lot of things go through my head when I come into the building. It’s a nice day to enjoy it and take in all the good times.”
  • Are you staying at your house, “I’ll stay at the hotel like a regular road trip.”
  • What goes through your mind, “it’s tough to describe. It the first time being here and it’s a lot of excitement to play in front of the fans that I played in front of for ten years. A lot of good memories, friends made, seeing all the security guards and people around the room it has been fun.”

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Rick Nash

Read: Rick Nash has not been scoring lately

Rick Nash has two goals in his past 15 games and two in the ten games since the Olympic break.

From Jan 6 to Jan 26 (11 games) Nash had 11 of his 20 goals.

In the 15 games where Nash has two goals, he has registered 58 shots on goal.

Larry Brooks writes that Rick Nash is spending too much time on the “outside” again and needs to get in close by the net where goals are scored. (NY Post)

Nash agreed and said that the difference between him scoring and not scoring is the amount of time he spends on the “inside.” Nash said that he needs to do a better job of getting to the scoring areas. (NY Post)

Nash says that he knows what is expected of him and that he feels the responsibility to score goals. (NY Post)

He says that getting to the inside is more about working hard than relying on skill.  (Ranger Rants)

Nash discussed his issues with getting “inside” earlier in the season.

Adam Rotter: Nash is admittedly a streaky player and he is currently going through one of his down streaks at one of the worst possible times in the season. Right now he looks like he normally does when he struggles, which is equally frustrating but also encouraging because he has shown the ability to break out of these slumps and get red hot. The Rangers need him desperately now to score some goals and get them some wins like he did in January.

Final: Canada wins 2-1

Drew Doughty scored in OT to lift Canada to a 2-1 win over Finland.

Doughty had both goals for Canada.

Rick Nash played 7:18, the fewest for any team Canada forward. He had two shots and was called for high sticking.

He played 1:50 in the first, 3:19 in the second and 2:09 in the third. He didn’t play in OT.

Nash had a goal waived off. He hit the top of the net and the puck bounced in.

FINAL: Canada beats Austria 6-0

Rick NashRick Nash and Canada beat Austria 6-0 to go to 2-0 in the Olympics.

Goal scorers for Canada were Jeff Carter (3), Drew Doughty, Shea Weber and Ryan Getzlaf.

Rick Nash played 10:26 and had 3 shots on goal. He played 3:20 in the first, 4:21 in the second and 2:45 in the third.

Canada next plays Finland on Sunday.

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Read: Rick Nash and his spot on Team Canada

12:48PM: Nash said that he wasn’t expecting to make Team Canada but Steve Yzerman called him and said that they trust Nash on the ice and wanted him on the team. (ESPN.com)

Nash said that he wasn’t sure if being named to Team Canada was the reason he started scoring in January, but what he did know was that the puck started going in. (ESPN.com)

Nash’s spot, a defensive role, was debated with Patrice Bergeron and Logan Couture also in the mix and Couture was the one left off the team. (ESPN.com)

Mike Babcock praised Nash for the role he had in 2010 and Jonathon Toews said that Nash always play well in international competition. (ESPN.com)

8:34AM: In early practices in Russia, Rick Nash is skating with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp.

Nash and Sharp were a two-way line in 2010, with Mike Richards, that was usually tasked with shutting down the oppositions best forwards.

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