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Red-hot Nash scores again for Rangers but winning streak halted

Mar 8, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

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Rick Nash scored Friday against the Ottawa Senators, giving him six goals in his last five games.

Prior to Feb. 28, he had scored just three times since the start of the regular season.

“At this stage in his career, as I said when we got (Nash), it’s perfect timing for the Rangers and for him to join us in this type of situation,” Rangers head coach John Tortorella told the Ottawa Sun prior to Friday’s game against the Senators.

“And he has a mindset that he accepts the responsibility.”

But it wasn’t enough, as the New York Rangers gave up a late third period goal in a 3-2 loss to the Senators.

The loss also halted the Rangers’ winning streak at four games.

Brad Richards, who sat out New York’s last two games after being hit from behind by Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta, was inserted back into the lineup.

The 32-year-old center scored in his return. It was his first goal since Jan. 26 – a span of 16 games.



  1. stakex - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    The Rangers looked awful in the second half of the 3rd period. I know it was their second game in two nights, but they just don’t seem to have the conditioning they did last year.

    • johnstone17 - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      I thought rolling out their two top lines exclusively for 3/4 of the third period thursday night would end up hurting them against Ottawa friday night. They definitely don’t have the conditioning they had last year, but you can chalk that up to 1 week of training camp.

  2. pwilson264 - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    rangers, rangers, what happen, they played 48min. of good hard hockey but after 7-8min. into the third period it looked like their smart pills wore off, they kept making one stupid pass after another. and then the sens took over and spanked them like a baby in k-mart. although they had a four game winning streak but you need to win, and grab the points from the teams ahead of you in the playoffs. wake up.

  3. contraryguy - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    And now with realignment set to go, a resurgent Nash will come back to Columbus several times a year as a member of the other team. Just… dandy.

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