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Nash says ‘offense will come’ as Rangers prep for B’s

May 15, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

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After failing to score a goal in an opening-round victory against the Capitals, Rick Nash says it’s a matter of time before he starts producing.

“I think the offense will come,” the Rangers forward told Newsday. “I was getting a few chances [Monday], got a few chances [Sunday]. That’s my main goal, trying to help the team win.”

Well, he’s certainly done that.

Despite recording just two assists against Washington, Nash contributed in other facets. He finished the series with a team-high 22 shots on goal and averaged close to 20 minutes per night while recording 11 hits, six blocked shots and two takeaways.

That said, both the Rangers and Nash know they’re not going anywhere without his offense.

The 28-year-old winger was the one constant goalscoring threat during the regular season, scoring a team-high 21 goals.

(To put that in perspective, New York’s fourth- and fifth-leading goalscorers, Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin, combined to score 21.)

Nash was also one of the club’s big assets on the power play — so it was no surprise to see that, as his fortunes went, so too did the Rangers’ power play, which finished the Washington series an abysmal 2-for-28.

He lamented his poor production in Round 1, but tried to remain optimistic.

“It’s unfortunate that I can’t do it right now by bringing the offense,” Nash explained. “I’m just trying to make good defensive plays, try to set guys up, bring some momentum swings.”

  1. fivetozeroingame7 - May 15, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Why didn’t he suggest a massive top-down conspiracy has kept his shots from going in?

    • johnstone17 - May 15, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      The officials & Gary Bettman didn’t want him to score. They wanted 7 games. If they allowed Nash to score this would have been over in 5. No profit for league or T.V.

  2. micklethepickle - May 15, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Hm… so Columbus WITH Nash has historically bad W/L record, doesn’t make the playoffs, is a perennial basement-dweller of the league. Nash leaves, and suddenly the Blue Jackets very nearly make the playoffs the very next season?

    Bet Gaborik, Dubinsky, or Anisimov could have done the exact same thing Nash did (not score goals) for the Rangers, but at a fraction of the cost!

    • tortshaswarts - May 15, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      how is Gaborik’s , Arty’s and Duby’s combined salary less than Nash’s?

      • micklethepickle - May 15, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        Hence my use of “or” instead of “and”. Try and keep up ;)

      • tortshaswarts - May 15, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        @mickle I stand corrected

    • fivetozeroingame7 - May 15, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      ooooooooooooh! burn! you showed him.

      • tortshaswarts - May 15, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        kickin ass and takin names

    • hockeyflow33 - May 15, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      So you’re saying when you trade one of the elite players in the league, in return you’ll receive several high-caliber players? Weird…

    • jkay1818 - May 15, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      horrible comment. Nash leaves thanks to bob more than likely winning the vezina. If nash was still there with the goaltending they are in the playoffs.
      if nash wasnt there, the rangers more than likely dont make the playoffs. Sorry, anisimov was due for a raise and dubinsky was HIGHLY overpaid in NY.

      And gaborik? seriously? him and his almost 8mill a yr were dead weight here. Rangers and their fans would gladly take brassard (beast in rd1) moore and dorsett everyday including twice on sunday.

      good job though.

  3. bobzemke330elm - May 15, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    we been waiting all year for the power play

  4. banger60 - May 16, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    What’s with this guy, as big as you are your physical game blows, punish some people, Zuc plays a more physical game and he’s half your size.GO RANGERS

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