The New York Rangers thought they were getting a game changer in Rick Nash. It is apparent now that they might have received another player who shrinks when the lights are shining the brightest.
The Rangers dropped game five in overtime to the Washington Capitals, and Nash was invisible. He had two shots on goal and was playing on the third line at some points, but during the game I was asking myself “is Nash even dressed tonight”?
Now the Capitals have done an excellent job of defending him. John Erskine and Karl Alzner have been paired up against Nash the entire series and have done an admirable job of shutting him down, but that is no excuse. In five games you expect your best player to have more than one point which is an assist.
Nash is playing just like another Rangers superstar that was sent to the Columbus Blue Jackets, Marian Gaborik, but even Gaborik had more of an impact in last year’s playoffs than Nash is having now. Plus Gaborik was playing with a shoulder that needed surgery in the offsesason.
One thing is apparent after watching game five which is Nash is hesitating to take his shots. The lack of goals is creeping into his head and causing major problems for the winger. No one knows if he is injured or just struggling, but the fact of the matter is that zero goals in five games is unacceptable for your best player.
The Rangers are facing a must win game six. If Nash doesn’t show up again and the Rangers get eliminated, he will take a lot of heat for this first round loss.