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Rangers’ Nash: ‘I didn’t think it would take 10 years’

May 14, 2013, 12:55 AM EDT

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Prior to this season, Rick Nash‘s playoff experience in the National Hockey League totaled four games.

Those all came in the spring of 2009, when Nash and his former team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, were swept in the first round.

Nash, now a member of the New York Rangers, is off to the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.

On Monday, the Rangers dismantled the Washington Capitals on the road by a score of 5-0.

Nash recorded an assist on Michael Del Zotto‘s goal in the early stages of the second period that gave the Rangers a commanding 3-0 cushion.

Nash and the Rangers are moving on to the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Bruins. Original Six.

It’s also another chapter in the historic and ongoing rivalry between Boston and New York.

This is unfamiliar territory for the former first overall pick from the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

“I didn’t think it would take 10 years,” Nash told the New York Times. “It’s what I wanted in my career, to have a chance to play in the playoffs and to play in games that mean a lot.”

Now, the key will be to get the 28-year-old Nash going offensively.

He didn’t score a goal the entire series against the Capitals and had just two assists.

Dating back to 2009, Nash only has one goal and five points in 11 career NHL playoff games.

  1. polegojim - May 14, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Sincerely glad for him…. now it’s time to put up… produce goals, period.

  2. 13datsyuk13 - May 14, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    I’m surprised its only 1 goal. Every time he played the redwings it felt like he scored at least 2 goals/game.

    • bensawesomeness - May 14, 2013 at 1:35 AM

      I was so glad when they traded him – Great guy, great competitor, go beat up on someone else for a change

  3. hanktheking - May 14, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    The stats don’t tell the story of how he played overall in round 1…but yeah it’s time to start putting the puck in the net now Rick.

    • johnstone17 - May 14, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      Exactly

  4. tfaltin - May 14, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    Call round 1 his mulligan. Nash underproduced, Brassard exceeded expectations. They played together last game, so maybe Brassard can get Nash going in the goal column.

  5. csilojohnson - May 14, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    5-0 and he has 1assist.
    What a joke

  6. j0ey15 - May 14, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Hopefully the W in round 1 is the monkey off of his back and he’ll start producing in the G column… At least that’s what I’m hoping for myself and the rest of the rangers fan base

  7. bronxsanman - May 14, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Now it’s time for you to silence all your critics and light the lamp in beantown.LETS GO RANGERS

  8. stakex - May 14, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Just think how good the Rangers would be if Nash and Richards actually showed up…

  9. billyhauntswizards - May 14, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Nash played VERY well this game. Protected the puck like it was his child. If he can carry it over against the B’s, he can probably hit his stride.

  10. banger60 - May 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    I like how the Rangers announcers say Nash is skating well tonight, what?, he should be or why wouldn’t he be? Score some goals, that’s your job.

  11. DED - May 14, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Hopefully it won’t take him 10 years to figure out how to step it up for playoff hockey. ;)

  12. csilojohnson - May 14, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Yea whatever puC

  13. banger60 - May 14, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    csilo, go back to school and learn how to form a sentence, n u m n u t s.

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