Going into last night's game against the Dallas Stars, Rick Nash had played 83 games in a Rangers uniform without a signature moment or goal. But that all changed at 18:02 of the third period with the game tied at 2-2...
...to me that's easily the biggest goal of his tenure in New York. With his team on the cusp of turning the corner on what has been a disappointing season up until this point, Nash finally put the team on his back and now has them in the middle of a full fledge hot streak.
...and it's not only that he scored the game winner, it's the visual of him selling out to make a play. He can be aloof on the ice at times, so to see him so determined to win that puck battle and bang home the winner was amazing to see.
And nothing captures the essence of that goal better than this pic from reader John K...
...what an amazing pic!!!! From Nash lying on the ice, to the crowd going wild, to the ref confirming the goal. It has it all.
Here's Nash on the goal...
"I just happened to stop, get on the inside and shoot it right in as I was falling down. A little bit of luck, but we'll take it in the final few minutes."
...i'm pretty sure that goal had nothing to do with luck. Looked like all skill to me.
This post annoyed me so much I created an account to comment...has everyone forgotten how good nash was last season?? He was carrying that team most of the short season. Yes, he didn't have the greatest playoffs. In fairness he was keyed every time on ice and he did setup quite a few opportunities that our other mediocre players couldn't finish. Has this season been amazing so far? No...but the guy missed 17 games... Can you give him a chance to adjust to the new system?? Btw is 10 goals in less then 30 games all that bad?? He is a star player and the rangers are a bad team without his presence. The end and god bless Dominic Moore
How about a mid-term grade report on the players? I always enjoy reading that. Also, do we have the ingredients to be a Stanley cup team? If no, what is missing? Love the blog and the fan comments. Thanks.
was at the game,20 rows behind the net,awesome play,extra effort,last second adjustment while falling ,score ! game winner !
@TheNYRBlog ; NEED MORE THAN ONE MOMENT , TO TRULY BE ELITE HE HAS TO STEP UP WHEN IT GETS REAL
Nash is the rangers biggest weapon. Glad he's coming around just in time to dominate the Olympics. Oh well
@TheNYRBlog when he didn't score on the breakaway and way over-skated the wide open Kreider rebound, I almost doubted. Glad he came through.
I am watching Rangers in 60 & they showed that play...NOW This is the NASH the Ranger Fans were expecting!!!! I might wear my Nash jersey on Sunday..
I was just explaining to my son how RN was a game changer with the jackets. You game planned around stopping RN and he has been a fraction of the player since joining NYR... as far as I'm concerned anything less than 30 goals in a season is a bust. . We need him to be a game changer!
Look it is what it is. Was it a huge goal? Yes. Did he get to the front of the net? Yes. Was it a lucky shot? Yes. Still, it was luck created by what we are seeing as at least a tenatative desire to get to the net - where you have to be to get the most "lucky" shots. (And mind all you Nashtubators it was only luck in that the puck found a hole, the effort and athleticism to simply get the shot off was not luck at all.) I think it silly to think that Nash is "back". He won't be "back" until that tenative play around the front becomes aggressive and strong and is done regularly and against teams other than the softies which were the Dallas Stars last night. BUT...it is progress. At least he seems committed to not being invisible, so a tip of the hat is in order. Here's hoping it continues!
To refine your point. He was great last year until after the Lucic hit. He was different after that. It's clear he's dealing with some issues. I agree with you mostly otherwise.
Welcome to the blog, the knee-jerk capital of the world! Know also that Kevin is an expert at stirring the pot, so don't take it all at face value.
Your last sentence, though.... Are you saying you are Dominic Moore? ;)
not to mention the Columbus game when he scored twice in the 3rd period to help us get a point.
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@Blobby_GrangerWelcome to the insanity!!!!!