There were very few positive things that you can take out of the New York Rangers‘ 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The one glaring thing was the play of superstar forward Rick Nash.
Nash was flying around the ice all game long. He had a huge hit early in the game and had a couple of good scoring chances. He has been playing well since virtually disappearing in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
But the second period is when it finally came together for Nash. Right after the Bruins had gone up 2-1 Nash provided the answer. He got a beautiful chip pass from Mats Zuccarello and faked going backhand before bringing the puck to his forehand and snapping the puck past Tukka Rask. This was Nash’s first goal in nine playoff games as a member of the Rangers and only his second playoff goal in his career.
Nash has had very limited playoff experience during his 10 years in the league as he has only played in 13 playoff games with just two goals in those contests. Now that Nash is getting used to playing in the playoffs it is time for him to breakout, and he is showing all the signs of a player who is on the verge of doing just that. The way he played in Game 2 is a very good sign for the Rangers and their fans. They need him to produce if they want to come back from the 2-0 hole they are in.
Nash is a player who has the build and skill to be a game-breaker in the playoffs. He is finally showing signs of becoming the player the Rangers gave up so much to get.