Rick Nash‘s performance last game against the Philadelphia Flyers was outstanding, though it might not look like that when only looking at a box score. Nevertheless, NBC Sports’ Behind The Glass commentator Pierre McGuire even went as far to say that Nash is now back. I tend to never agree with McGuire, just like most hockey fans, so I will continue to do just that. Yes, Nash played a dominating game against the Flyers, but it was only one game. For me to say that Nash is back I would need to see consistency, just like Nash’s New York Rangers as a whole.
For those who did not see the game, Nash only had one goal and no assists, but the way Nash played from start to finish just flying up and down the ice, creating numerous scoring chances for himself and his teammates, all while being defensively responsible was the best he has looked so far this season. But like I said before, it was only one game.
Nash is supposed to be the Rangers’ leading goal scorer, and him being injured with a concussion and out for a good portion of the season while only having 11 goals thus far is definitely a big part of why the Rangers have failed to score many goals per game this season. Nash is depended upon to be the main threat the Rangers have on offense, and when he fails to produce defenses do not need to pay extra attention to him leading to mistakes and open teammates.
You could tell over the past few games that Nash was slowly but surely getting better, but last game was a big step forward. Hopefully he is now able to consistently play at that level and this wasn’t just a fluke. Consistent goal scoring for the Rangers depends largely upon a consistent Rick Nash.