Read: Rick Nash Through Four Games

Nash Hockey NewsThrough the first four games of the playoffs, Rick Nash has had stat lines of:

  • Game 1: 23:04, eight shots on goal, five shots blocked and three shots that missed the net, 1 hit
  • Game 2: 23:04, three shots on goal, three shots blocked, three shots that missed the net, 2 hits
  • Game 3: 19:31, 1 assist, four shots on goal, tw0 shots blocked, 1 that missed the net, 1 hit
  • Game 4: 16:49, two shots on goal, 1 shot blocked, minus two.

Following game four, Larry Brooks wrote in the NY Post that the Rangers received strong performances up and down the lineup, with the exception of Nash who was “all but invisible.” Brooks added “it is baffling.”

The 16:49 was the fifth lowest ice time he has had this season.

  • On March 23, Nash played 16:23 in a game against Washington where he had two assists.
  • On April 6, he played 14:17 against Carolina where he had a goal and an assist
  • On April 19, he played 16:11 against Buffalo and had a goal and an assist
  • On April 27, he played 14:29 against the Devils and had two goals.

John Tortorella said on Thursday that Nash won’t get down on himself for not scoring, “he isn’t built that way” and that while he has had chances the puck just hasn’t gone in for him.

Derek Stepan told the Daily News that Nash will get going and said that it’s tough for him because “when you are Rick Nash, every time you touch the puck, you’ve got five guys on you.”

On the playoffs so far, Nash told NHL.com that he feels good but that he knows he has to work harder as Washington tries to take away his time and space and shrink the zone when defending him.

Nash is being defended mostly by Mike Green/Karl Alzner and John Erskine/John Carlson.