We Rangers fans were treated to two ridiculous goals last night from Rick Nash and Carl Hagelin. So I gotta ask, which one did you think was sweeter? Answer the poll and leave your comments below...
Here's video of both goals...
...i got to go with the Hagelin goal. Just a beautiful move to elude the defender and then a perfect shot to the far pipe. So excited watching Hagelin develop into an offensive force right in front of our eyes.
...as far as Nash goes, the guy is a magician. You can just feel the anticipation in the MSG crowd when he has the puck on his stick. He could have had two more highlight reel goals.
@TheNYRBlog Nash's bc it's an up ice play and a move w speed. Hags was good bc of patients on the 1-1 w a good move to get a good shot
I chose Nash based on the goal itself and the talent it took to make that move. He made it look easy but it was sick that he took the puck on the fly at that speed and put on such a sweet move. Hags had the more important goal in the game and was awesome just not Nash awesome. Look at it this way: The D-man fell on his own to free Hags and he made a good move to get in close and a great shot to score. Nash made a D-man and the goalie fall on their face and just look silly as he tucked it in around them. If Nash can't play then the Rangers should just take the day off and rest up for the next game... (JK :) )
@TheNYRBlog yeah I like hags, sure dude fell, but still stop n start and frankly was a great shot. Rt where it needed to be.
Cally's pass to Step should be up there imo... or maybe my permanent man crush on Cally is just telling me it should be.
@TheNYRBlog the pass was almost as nice as the move.. @BRichards_1991 timed it perfectly through 2 sticks tape to tape #PoetryInMotion
@TheNYRBlog that's because Nash is still shiny and new, we haven't had enough time to take him and his skill for granted yet
The thing about Hags is there are still fans who think he is no more than a 3rd liner playing above himself, when actually it has been evident from day one that there was more than just speed there.Truly amazing.Hags is top six player, by himself, without line support -first or second line -no question.If you think he's a third liner I would seriously doubt your ability to perceive what is happening on the ice.Had to get that off my chest and for that reason voted Hags.He's always been underrated and has a decent shot.As for Nash- well he doesn't need my vote -I already see naysayers doubting his top five level.So I will vouch for him too and go out on a limb:with excellent line support Rick Nash is one of the best forwards in the game today- in the entire world.
@farlands2012 Crosby, kovalchuk, Malkin, datsyuk, stamkos, Nash, giroux. That is in no exact order besides Crosby being number 1
@slapshot13j @farlands2012 I think that Nash is going to reveal another HOF skill with the Rangers: That is :he is just as great playing with teammates -if they are highly skilled-as he is on his own.He was truly extraordinary in his gold medal games, and I think that with the Rangers he will demonstrate that level again once the Rangers get really going consistently.I think he will be awesome-Jagr or Crosby level ,hopefully.we'll see.
@TheNYRBlog more involved in the Nash goal. Brilliant pass and an incredible move around the goalie. Hags- nice move, shot through screen.
@TheNYRBlog hagelin’s goal was a bit of a softie… garon should’ve had it and judging by his reaction after, he knew it too
@TheNYRBlog @NYRblogneill I gotta go with Hags myself just visually looked better. Whether it was technically or based on skill is open.
@TheNYRBlog @NYRblogneill a softie??? he pulled the trigger and hit his target...You ever lace up the skates before ?
@WeBleedBlueNYC @NYRblogneill not that far. Especially if you want to give any creedence to the notion he may have been slightly screened.
@WeBleedBlueNYC @nyrblogneill it was far from a snipe it went under his arm.But deff not soft.But I guarantee you garon feels he can stop it
@NYRblogneill @webleedbluenyc competitive roller. That's just too funny. Those words even allowed in the same sentence?
@NYRblogneill @WeBleedBlueNYC nothing soft about hags goal.. at all. Sick move hard accurate slap shot in stride. Not soft at all
@NYRblogneill slapshots that aren't redirected and go in are usually defined as "snipes" not "softies" haha http://t.co/TS9NJeXqrG
@KreiOfTheTiger @NYRblogneill its like saying hank didnt play that well because all but one puck hit his pads
@KreiOfTheTiger @NYRblogneill cant syand when ppl try n take away credit for a great goal, he did everything right to score that goal
@KreiOfTheTiger @NYRblogneill regardless it was a well set play and positioning is half the game. Step was perfectly positioned for it
Nash...no question, for far fewer players could have done it. His strength on his feet through that (and all of his) moves is amazing. And on that move where he dragged the puck through TWO defenders and STILL got a shot on goal??? I have watched the Rangers since 1978 and they have NEVER had a talent like this...EVER! They MUST protect him. They need to bring in some muscle to stand up to the hulking giants like Lucic. Someone who is not afraid to drop the gloves against ANYBODY, but who is not a liability on the ice. They miss Prust badly in this respect...very badly. ***Side note - Messier is and always will be The Captain. That said, the Rangers have NEVER had someone with as much skill as Callahan who has played with as much intensity and sacrifice....again....EVER. Enjoy watching these two players b/c I think it is not overstating it to say they are the tops in the history of the NYR in terms of what they offer to this team.
@jmacwilli Easy there big fella. Nash has sick moves for sure, and maybe you're right that he's got the sickest moves of any Ranger since 1978, but moves don't always mean points. When he starts finishing those moves with goals or assists regularly, then you can put him in the conversation with all-time greats like Messier, Leetch, Jagr, Gartner, Gretzky, and that's not even going back to the Gilbert era.
I love Cally as much as the next person, but there's been a lot of talented Rangers that did actually lay it on the line every night (Adam Graves, Kelly Kisio to name a couple). Cally is headed for all-time Rangers greatness, but let's let him have an actual career and win something first.
@gravey94 I'm as big a Graves fan is there is and believe me I'm not undervaluing what any of those guys you mentioned brought to the table. But I was very particular with my words for a reason. I am not equating Nash's importance to the team to be on par (yet) with any of those (my) favorite players. It is just a technical assessment that NO ONE has had the COMBINATION of size, strength, speed, stick-handling and shooting skill in the history of the NYR...yes, that includes Leetch. Nash plays like Jagr in his prime, but with greater speed. Whether he becomes a lynchpin in the NYR success (as Leetch did) remains to be seen.The same goes for Cally - it is the combination. No one has had his combination of speed, talent, self-sacrifice...ever. And that too, includes my favorites of Eddie Johnstone, Adam Graves, etc... It is not by any means a slight on them. Cally is a better playmaker and faster player than Graves ever was and though Graves would stand-up to King Kong for his teammates I have never seen anyone block shots like Cally on the NYR. Look, all of these guys are greats (and some legends) but I stand by what I said in the context of how i said it. What these players offer - in their particular combinations - has not been seen since I have watched ('78) and it almost makes you want to clap just because. When was the last time the Rangers had a player who could not be knocked off the puck...could move through traffic...play in front of the net....and skate faster than almost anyone else on the ice? Never. I'm just saying it is fantastic to finally have that ridiculously rare combination on our team.
@gravey94 -- allow me to give you your 403rd point. Kevin, tell him what he's won.
Thanks for bringing up Kelly Kisio! Loved that dude.
@gravey94 @AG_Blue always amazes me nobody ever seems to bring up Kisio - I thought he was a great player and capt.
@AG_Blue Man, I'm racking up points faster than Brodeur downs a carton DD Munchkins...OK well maybe that's just impossible! Kisio would have loved Torts!
@jmacwilli FWIW Brian Leetch was as skilled if not more, has a Conn Smythe and a Cup to show for it too. Time will tell if Nash can live up to his level.