Everything's coming up goals for revitalized Rangers power forward Rick Nash posted by Rangers Fan
The first goal showcased Rick Nash’s dominance. He pounced on a turnover and took off on a 2-on-1 rush. A split-second before the defender could deflect the shot with an outstretched stick, he fired from the left circle and beat the goalie cleanly, giving the New York Rangers a 1-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins 26 seconds into the game Sunday.
The second goal showcased something else. The Rangers won a faceoff. Nash backed up with the puck above the left circle. While still backing up, he flicked the puck on net. It went off the stick of a defender in front, fluttered over the right arm of the goalie and fell across the line. It gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead and turned out to be the winning goal in a 5-2 victory.
There are two parts to Nash’s season: good health and good luck. He’s skating the way he used to skate, and he’s getting the bounces, and he’s tied for the NHL lead with 28 goals. He’s on pace for 53 goals, which would shatter his career high, as he heads to the All-Star Game in Columbus, the city where he spent his first nine NHL seasons.
“It’s amazing,” Nash said. “When the puck’s going in, it’s going in. And when it’s not, it’s not.”
This will be Nash’s 6th All star Game and it’s ‘weird’ for the former Blue Jacket to be in Columbus again.
They drafted him first overall in 2002, after their second NHL season. He became the face of the franchise and went to the All-Star Game five times – but the playoffs only once. He ended up requesting a trade.Continue reading "Everything's coming up goals for ..."