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Rick Nash getting things done in other ways for Rangers

Jun 4, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT

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It’s possible you may not have noticed Rick Nash very much in the playoffs.

That’s not a knock on his performance so far in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has three goals in 10 points for the New York Rangers and now he’s making his first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final.

While the goal scoring isn’t where the Rangers may have hoped it would be, he’s getting it done in other areas for the team with his all-around play as Arthur Staple of Newsday shares.

“He’s had that Team Canada experience where he won a couple gold medals in a different role than he’s used to,” said Derek Dorsett, a teammate in Columbus and New York. “I think that’s helped him a lot.”

Nash and the Rangers facing former teammate Marian Gaborik and the Los Angeles Kings in the Final makes for a curious juxtaposition for Rangers fans. Gaborik was dealt from New York to Columbus when he was no longer working out with the Rangers and Nash’s arrival.

Now with Gaborik having wild success with the Kings and leading all goal scorers in the postseason with 12, Nash may have to put his all-around game to work to try and shut down his former teammate.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    If he is getting assists it means someone is scoring. It’s not like only Nash goals count for the Rangers. I mean I know they are paying him to score but if he is helping put points on the board, I don’t see what the huge fuss is.

    It’s not like he’s pointless.

  2. barkar942 - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    First, Henrik will be donning his new Scowling John Tortorella mask. That alone will be having Gabby make constant turnovers.
    As for Nash, he has been extremely good defensively this post season, but any time he gets the puck in the offensive end, it is tough to do anything with double and sometimes triple and quadruple coverage on him. I am sure not much will change with him offensively in this series. The Rangers fourth line will truly be the deciding factor in this series. They are the perfect example of when the best defense is against the best offense, the goals will come from the lesser known players on the fourth line. In all of my years of watching the Rangers (about 45), I have never seen them have four completely solid and trustable lines.
    Should be a great series.
    Rangers in 6.

  3. shaundre93 - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Well if he ever gets his scoring touch back he could be the next Hossa. That would be cool for Rangers fans

  4. nyeagles10 - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Love the support for him on here. Im a die hard Rangers fan that lives in NY and it pis$es me off when they try and bash this guy for not scoring as much. He is the first elite player in a long time for the rangers, thats willing to play both sides of the ice. Im happy with his performance so far, lets see if the Nashty in him comes out this series.

  5. homerx - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    He’s got to wake up soon and start scoring more. A couple of goals in the Montreal series; hopefully at least a few more in the SCF.

  6. stepanup - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    He’s going to have to score for the Rangers to win. The Rangers don’t have the overwhelming advantage in depth this series. Top guys are going to have to get it done just as much as the 3rd and 4th lines have been.

  7. papajack1259 - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    He has to score AND play defense for the Rangers to take this.

  8. bleedrangerblue - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Rangers are good enough to get this done. Everyone is sucking LA off here. If they are so great why did they go to 3 straight 7 game series? Yes they are good but the Rangers will win this series.

    • stakex - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      Hey, LA has beat some great teams in this years playoffs… but lets be honest, the media (and a lot of fans) are over dramatizing just how good they actually are. They finished 6th in the West, are were not one of the power house teams this season. Neither were the Rangers for that matter, but the idea that LA is just sooooo much better is based on nothing more than the long standing belief that the East was playing for second this season, no matter who played who for the Cup.

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