Well, it has been been three games so far in Round 1 of the 2013-14 NHL playoffs vs. the Philadelphia Flyers, and New York Rangers winger Rick Nash still continues to struggle to put the puck in the net. With no goals so far this postseason, Nash only has 2-in-19 career playoff games. That’s not good enough, or even good at all, for a scorer like Nash.
Now, it’s not like Nash has been completely invisible for the Rangers so far this postseason, as he has racked up four assists, but the whole point of why Rangers GM Glen Sather acquired Nash (in a trade during the 2012 offseason) was to increase the Rangers’ goal scoring, especially during the playoffs. For whatever reason, whether it is bad luck or just not being able to handle the pressure of the playoffs, Nash has failed to increase the Rangers’ goal scoring in the postseason.
Nash must find a way to not dwell on the past and just play his game, not only for the Rangers, but also for himself. The Rangers need him to be playing at a high level and scoring goals if they want to try to go deep into the playoffs, and Nash needs to score goals in the playoffs to rid himself of the stigma of being just a regular season performer. Nash knows he is getting paid the big bucks to score goals, especially in the playoffs, so his inability to put the puck in the back of the opponent’s net has to be eating away at him, as it is the fans.
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