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Rangers hope for more goals from Rick Nash

Apr 26, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT

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Fair or not, people tend to slam stars when their teams struggle and they don’t score goals.

Sidney Crosby‘s feeling that right now, even though he’s notching assists for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rick Nash finds himself in that predicament once again, especially when you get selective with his numbers: just one goal in 16 playoff games with the New York Rangers.

Sure, he has four assist in the first four games of this series but … zero goals.

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault told ESPN that he doesn’t doubt Nash’s efforts.

“Rick really wants to do well and he’s trying every shift he’s on the ice to put his best foot forward,” Vigneault said on Saturday. “It’s a tough league. The opposition, when you have an elite player like that, obviously has a plan. He’s got to keep working. He’s got to try to elevate his game. He knows he’s a big part of us having success, winning games and moving forward.”

“The one thing I don’t have doubt about him is his willingness.”

It’s difficult to bury him when you look at shots alone. He’s fired at least five shots on goal in every game this series (23 overall), even if there might be some doubts about the quality of those attempts. The 29-year-old was similarly snake-bitten in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, only connecting for one goal despite firing 42 shots on goal in 12 games. Overall, his playoff shooting percentage is just 2.6 versus his career regular season mark of 12.4.

To some, that might be a sign that he can’t get it done in the postseason. Others might say he’s mostly unlucky. Either way, the judgments will only get harsher if the Rangers can’t win this tied series against the Philadelphia Flyers.

  1. 950003cups - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Hope for more? Lol
    They should at least start with hoping for ONE!

    • stakex - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      One is more than zero.

  2. stakex - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    I don’t doubt his effort either…but effort and results are two very different things. If the Rangers lose this series, which is tied despite the fact they have dominated most of the play, the fact that Rick Nash put up a good effort won’t be much of a consolation.

    Also, saying “He’s notching assists” as a means to defend star players who are under performing can be misleading. All four of Crosby’s assists are secondary, as are three of Nash’s (Nash has one primary assist, a shot that resulted in a rebound goal).

  3. biffnasty - Apr 26, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    You really can’t doubt the effort, the last 45 seconds of the game last night he single handedly tried to send it to ot. It obviously didn’t work well enough, but there was no lack of effort

    • johnstone17 - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      For 59:15 he played to much on the perimeter.

  4. billiam55 - Apr 26, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    getting chances though. more chances than Giroux.

  5. jaybyrd99 - Apr 26, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    But he wasn’t paid a boatload of $$$ , and traded for 3 players to produce effort. He came to New York to amp up the scoring ,especially in the playoffs . So far he’s not done that and has been a disappointment thus far in 2 post seasons.

  6. philk0731 - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    If they lose this series, Nash won’t be back next season.

    • 950003cups - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      Where do you propose he will go? His buyout is ridiculous. He has to be traded. Not many teams can afford him for his production, or lack there of.

  7. heynyc61 - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    He’s gotta put the biscuit in the basket… 7.5 million. I need a few goals from him

  8. flyerguy73 - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Does he play on the Rangers?

  9. nashernation - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    The guy is an elite player and he needs to dominate like he can. This is his time to shine or it’s a quick out for the Blue Shirts.

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