Alain Vigneault said yesterday that he liked seeing Nash stand up for Stepan but that he needs Nash to play like Nash and that based on his work ethic and attitude, he will.
Ryan McDonagh told the team’s website It’s great and shows the kind of relationship and bonding that this team has. He said “you want trust in your linemates and teammates no matter what the situation calls for. Ideally we would like to see Nasher stay out of those but he is a big tough guy who can handle himself and is doing the right thing helping step out.”
Dominic Moore told the team’s website that Nash is a big guy and competitive player who can hold his own in a fight. He said that the team overall is competitive and will stick up for one another.
10:34AM Last night, late in the third period, Derek Stepan was checked hard by Martin Hanzal in front of the Phoenix bench.
After the play, Rick Nash skated towards Hanzal, bumped him, said something and then dropped the gloves.
Brad Richards said after the game that it was a good sign and one of the only positives that he felt the Rangers could take from the game. Richards added that the team has to come together and what Nash did is “one way to do it.”
Nash, according to Hockey Fights, has had seven fights in his NHL career and two in his OHL career.
In his first season as a Ranger, Rick Nash scored 21 goals in the regular season, one in the playoffs and three in the shootouts.
Of his goals:
- 1 was a wraparound
- 2 were deflected/tipped
- 6 were strong moves to the net
- 12 were were wrist shots
Rick Nash had a goal and two assists last night ending a streak of three games in which he was scoreless and a minus three.
Nash only had one shot last night, he had 10 total in the previous two games, but had the game winner on the power play in the first period.
John Tortorella was asked about Nash last night and said on MSG that he has played well all year, “does everything” and needs to be involved, and usually is, when the team needs two or three goals to win a game.
In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that the while Nash has been the least of the Rangers problems this season, he needs to carry the Rangers night in and night out.
Nash told Brooks that he puts a lot of pressure on himself to perform but says that there are no excuses for not playing well, “you have to be at your best every night.”
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Rick Nash is in the middle of a career high ten game point scoring streak. Throughout his time with Columbus, Nash had points in nine straight games on three different occasions.
Nash has seven goals and nine assists in the ten game streak and, in the six games since he returned from injury, has six goals and five assists.
Watch all of Nash’s points during the streak, below:
According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, his colleague at TSN, Darren Pang let out a “holy jumpin!” when he saw the move Nash made.
LeBrun said that the move was “simply out of this world.”
In describing this move, Rick Nash told the Daily News that he felt he had a step on Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference and when he realized he didn’t he cut back, slipped the pick through Ferences legs. Nash was then tripped up and said that he knew he didn’t have a chance for a clean shot, but spotted Hagelin out of the corner of his eye and made the pass to him as he was almost flat on the ice.
In the shootout, Bruins announcer Andy Brickley said that Nash reminded him of Mario Lemieux.
A former teammate of Lemiuex’s agrees with the comparison.
Ron Duguay, who played with Lemiuex for parts of two seasons in the mid-80s said of Nash, “he reminds me of Mario. I played with Mario. I was amazed how a guy like that can be so calm with the puck. Nash is a skill player. He thinks about how he is going to beat you. He does all of these things in practice so that when it comes to game time, it’s show time.”
Joe Micheletti and Dave Maloney praised Nash for another effective night and said “he is something special with everything he does on the ice.”
Rick Nash was the Rangers second shooter in last night’s shootout.
As he started his attempt, Bruins announcer Jack Edwards described Nash by saying:
Rick Nash…with as many moves as Tarzan with sixty yards of rope.
When Nash scored on his attempt, Edwards said:
(laughing) Wuhhow, that’s not fair. He has such a huuuuuuge reach.
Bruins color analyst Andy Brickley said that Nash’s move was reminiscent of what Mario Lemieux used to do.
In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that while Rick Nash may be off a to a disappointing statistical start to his season, the effort he brings to the Rangers every night makes him worth every penny of his cap hit of $7.8 million.
Brooks writes, “if it is clear we’ve yet to see the full kaleidoscope of Nash’s imposing game, it is equally clear that lack of production hasn’t been for a lack of trying. The winger has been involved, he has been on the puck, he has been recording shots at a rate historically consistent with his first nine years in the NHL and he has been defensively responsible.”
John Tortorella said before the game on Sunday that Nash was the leader in offensive chances and opportunities for the Rangers even though he only had two goals coming into the game.
Nash scored his third goal of the season last night, and added an assist on the Rangers first goal, for his first points in two games.
At Rangers Report, Carp writes “speaking of Nash … How about the power move and shot on Hagelin’s first goal? How about the shot on his own goal? How about some of the plays he made in the defensive zone, and some of the plays he made in the neutral zone? Complete player playing a complete game. The goals will come. They will.”
Nash also told Brooks that he enjoys playing in a system that preaches defensive responsibility and that it is “right up my alley.”
Nash has three goals on 44 shots which gives him a shooting percentage of 6.8% on the season. He is averaging 21 minutes per night.
His career shooting percentage is about 13%
Click HERE to see a section dedicated to Nash’s past as a goal scorer.