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Video: Rick Nash finally scores a playoff goal in 2014

May 17, 2014, 5:47 PM EDT

Rick Nash probably said it the best after the New York Rangers’ 7-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1: “All the bounces went our way.” Despite Nash saying all the right team-first things, the most important bounce – for him, anyway – came when he finally scored his first goal of this postseason.

Sure, it came in his 15th game on his 54th shot on goal … but he can stop answering that “first goal” question until he’s in the playoffs once more.

Here’s video of the goal:

Check out video of his (again, very team-first) comments:

To give some perspective regarding his struggles, consider a few things:

  • The two snipers who probably can relate the most to Nash this postseason are James Neal and Marian Hossa. Neal connected for two goals on 49 shots on goal, a success rate of 4.1 percent. Hossa has only been a bit luckier/more accurate, scoring two goals on 47 shots (4.3 percent). Sidney Crosby finished the playoffs with a single goal despite 38 shots of his own (2.6 percent).
  • Going back to the 2013 postseason, Tyler Seguin must have been quite frustrated himself (70 shots, just one goal) and Jaromir Jagr could definitely feel Nash’s pain (zero goals on 58 shots). Then again, Nash’s luck/accuracy wasn’t that much better in 2013; he managed one goal on 42 shots, just a 2.4 percent success rate.

Nash admits that he “exhaled” after scoring that goal, but it remains to be seen if his puck luck will turn around going forward.

  1. maalea - May 17, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    I was wondering why AV didn’t have him out on the 5 on 3, and then he scores on the next penalty.

  2. nashernation - May 17, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    If Nasher gets hot this could get ugly for the Habs.. Kreider was in beast mode and that line should excel in this series against the small Habs dmen..

    • 16thearlofderby - May 17, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      IF used to talk about the result or effect of something that may happen or be true

  3. ajg314 - May 17, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Okay, now that Nash has finally scored, can we stop writing about how long he’s gone since his last goal? The guy is leading the league in the playoffs with total shots on goal. They just haven’t been going in. It’s a slump, that’s all. He’ll be fine. He’s still contributing. The media was all over Gaborik when he was here about he hasn’t scored in so and so games, etc., and I believe that got him run out of town. Now look at him this year; he’s having a heckuva good playoff run. Go Rangers!

  4. slysipops - May 18, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    lol! perfect game to finally score a goal… it was needed !

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