The New York Rangers were so close to making it to the Stanley Cup Finals last year. Most people said they were that one timely goal away from winning the entire thing.
So in the offseason Geln Sather decided it was time to make a deal. He traded Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon, and a draft pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for power forward Rick Nash. The trade left the Rangers depleted in the middle of their lineup which is something they just patched up at the trade deadline. But now the Stanley Cup Playoffs are here, and it’s time for Nash to become the man.
In the regular season, Nash got off to a slow start but has since picked it up. He finished the regular season with 21 goals and 42 points in 44 games played. Many experts have attributed him to elevating the play of emerging center Derek Stepan.
But as everyone knows the playoffs are a completely different animal. Nash has limited playoff experience only playing in four career playoff games. In those four games he only registered one goal. Nash is one of the league’s best players, but he has not had much of a chance to shine on hockey’s biggest stage. He is going to face the other team’s best defenseman no matter the situation, and he is going to need to be a force on the struggling Rangers power play as well.
It was apparent in game one that Nash will need a game or two to get used to the bright lights shining on him, but the Rangers don’t have that much time already being down 1-0 in this best of seven series. Nash is going to have to find his mojo and find it quickly.