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‘Overdue’ Nash getting chances, says AV

May 16, 2014, 1:56 PM EST

Marc-Andre Fleury, Rick Nash AP

Rick Nash thinks he’s “overdue” to score his first goal of the 2014 playoffs. And according to his coach, Alain Vigneault, Nash is absolutely right.

You see, while Nash has yet to score, the big New York wingers leads all NHLers with 52 shots in 14 games. Just none of them have gone in.

But were they good shots? Vigneault seems to think so. Per The Record’s Andrew Gross, the coach said that Nash has been the Rangers’ leader when it comes to scoring chances for and against, based on the stats the team keeps.

Ultimately, of course, the Rangers would prefer that Nash put the puck in the net — not just on the net — and that won’t be easy in the Eastern Conference Final against Montreal’s stellar goalie, Carey Price.

 

  1. 7mantel - May 16, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Time for the Habs to get NASHED !!

    • 16thearlofderby - May 16, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      don’t think so

      b/c the price is right

      • 7mantel - May 16, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        i gave you a thumbs up because it’s was witty .Lets see who wins this battle !

      • barkar942 - May 16, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        Is Drew Carey now playing goal for Montreal?

  2. brandotho - May 16, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Nash has had a lot of good looks. Just some bad puck luck at times. He had THREE great chances that he couldn’t finish in Game 7 against the Flyers. He’s also had quite a few chances around the net. He and Kreider need to use their size and skating to attack Price in this series. The Bruins could not do that at all.

  3. DED - May 16, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    “Rick Nash thinks he’s “overdue” to score his first goal of the 2014 playoffs.”

    Ya think?

    4 assists against the Flyers (7 games)
    1 assist against the Penguins (7 games)

    5 points in 14 games. That’s a colossal slump for a forward making $7.8 million a year. I don’t want to hear about his checking or his shot blocking. He’s not paid to just do those things. For crying out loud, Boyle has 2G & 2A!

  4. 16thearlofderby - May 16, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    maybe nash is not a gamer 14 games bad puck luck

    no bad puck luck every year for kane and toews explain that

    • brandotho - May 16, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      So is Crosby not a gamer? He has ONE goal in his last 18 playoff games.

      • 16thearlofderby - May 16, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        what do you think

        not gamer numbers no big boy pants

  5. billiam55 - May 16, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    hes gotta get his flow back! no but srsly id rather have the team be successful than just one guy scoring. although yes itd be great for him to start putting em in. but hes getting looks

    • 7mantel - May 16, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      True ! It is a team sport !

  6. muckleflugga - May 16, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    overdue, i didn’t even know he was pregnant

  7. blockedshotnyr - May 16, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    To make it to the Eastern Conference Finals when arguably your most dangerous, pure goal scorer has 0 goals in 14 games, is a major accomplishment that goes towards the depth of this Rangers team. By sheer luck, Nash should score a goal this series and once he gets one, I think others will follow. Historically, Nash is a volume scorer and once one goes, others will likely follow. They will need it in what is sure to be a tight series with a great goaltender on the other side.

  8. stakex - May 16, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    I said this after the Flyer series and I’ll say it again: Nash hasn’t looked bad and has been doing a lot of good things. He’s getting the puck to the net, playing well in the defensive zone, looks great on the penalty kill, and even taking the body from time to time.

    With all that said, that’s not what he’s paid to do. He’s paid a truck load of money to score goals… and the Rangers will not keep advancing if they have to rely on significant 4th line production. He needs to snap the hell out of it and start finding the back of the net with all these chances he’s been getting.

  9. barkar942 - May 16, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    How many goals have been scored in these playoffs total? How many were scored by the superstars that are supposed to put up big numbers? Giroux-1? Crosby-1? Nash-0?
    How many of these “superstars” are double teamed and some times triple teamed so they can’t get to the net to get shots off?
    How about some credit is given to the defensemen who are making these guys lives miserable?How many times do the third and fourth lines score the goals? Boyle? Dominic Moore? Carcillo? And why is that? Because the teams expend their best defense on the superstars!
    I have no problem in the world with Nash playing the way he is and doesn’t get a single goal the entire post season, as long as the Rangers keep winning.

  10. nashernation - May 16, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Nasher needs to hit the net hard this series.. He will break out this series. Other than PK, the Habs back line are quick but small which plays into Nashers strengths.

  11. bleedrangerblue - May 16, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Crash the net Nash. Shoot !!!!

  12. bleedrangerblue - May 16, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    The rangers are not relying on the fourth line.@sta. they are contributing well and letting AV roll 4 lines. That’s crucial in the playoffs. C’mon man!!!

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