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Video: Rick Nash’s falling goal wins it for Rangers vs. Stars

Jan 10, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

The New York Rangers face an interesting opportunity in the early part of 2014: they seem to be getting it together (to an extent) and began a four-game homestand against the Dallas Stars on Friday. Of course, they’ve blown other opportunities to make up ground, but perhaps Rick Nash‘s impressive/fortunate game-winner is a sign that things might finally turn their way?

The Rangers won 3-2 in regulation.

Nash, 29, had an amusingly specific take on that tally, describing it as “70 percent luck, 30 percent skill.” (One cannot help but wonder how Yogi Berra’s math might have differed there.)

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault didn’t throw out the same kind of unique arithmetic when he assessed it.

“It was a big goal at the right time for us,” Vigneault said.

That goal serves as a painful break for Dallas. The Stars have now lost five games in a row, including three-games in the New York/New Jersey area. In many ways, they’ve been up-and-down much like the Rangers this season, so they probably see Nash’s falling goal as a far more negative sign. (Or at least a symbol of how things aren’t going their way lately.)

  1. slaugin - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Good things happen when you put the puck on net

  2. jaybyrd99 - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    that’s the type of goal you need from your star/stud player. Great shot in a tough position at the right time . 3 goal week for Nash .

  3. biffnasty - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Heck of a goal by Nash…now all they need is the King to start playing like the King, although his past 2 starts have been enough for W’s, he still doesn’t seem like his old self

  4. homieshome - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    Hank did great eventually but it was Hank who kept the Stars alive and hopeful in the first place with that terrible soft goal he once again lets up. Every game he lets in a really bad goal. With the Rangers defense, it truly doesnt get much easier and he still lets them in, usually at times where he hardly has to even face many shots.

    • cofran2004 - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      If you’ve been watching Hank his whole career, you realize that he isn’t always sparkling on some shots during the regular season. Sure he’ll save 99% of the shots in a game, and some of the saves will be breath-taking. Then, someone will take a slow shot from the point, and he won’t even react to it. This Hank is actually the normal Hank. Just remember two years ago. Even in his Vezina year, he would usually let up a terrible goal, there was just enough scoring that sometimes, it didn’t matter. The offense didn’t get bad until the playoffs that year, and when the playoffs came…. he stepped it up. He is a playoff goalie….. get him to the dance, and he plays his best.

  5. joey4id - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    This week both Nash and Carter have shown off their skills and proven they belong to be on the CDN Olympic team. Good for them, and for Yzerman and team for making those selection knowing they would be unpopular with the fans.

  6. multiplemiggs - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Everytime someone on this team makes a mediocre, semi-good play the Rags reporters and fans act like its some amazing move thats never been done before. He got an extra whack at it, and luckily for him the puck was still saucering and it went top shelf. It was a good play but it was Luck…RELAX.

  7. nashernation - Jan 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    AVs system is really clicking with this team now. Nasher is skating and Richards has found his game. Dominick Moore has been playing really well on the fourth line and Staal has been real strong in the back end.

  8. sportsfan69 - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Rick Nash playing like a warrior now. It’s precisely what the NYR team needed. Leadership and a bit of the superman aspect to his game. Clutch play at the end of the game.

  9. sportsfan69 - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:03 PM

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