It only took 15 postseason games but Rick Nash has finally found the back of the net in what was a New York Rangers‘ Game 1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in Montreal in the third round of the playoffs, otherwise known as the Eastern Conference Finals.
Nash’s goal was the icing on the cake for the Rangers in their very impressive 7-2 win. Regardless of score it was only one game and one win for the Rangers, out of a best of 7.
Now it is not like Nash has been completely invisible in these 2014 NHL playoffs. Even though it took him 15 games to finally score his first goal of the playoffs, he amazingly leads the entire postseason in shots on net with 52, and that was before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals was even played.
There is no question that, if the Rangers want to win this series, Nash needs to step up and start putting the puck in the back of the opposition’s net with more frequency, because frankly one goal every 15 games is not going to cut it. Maybe it would for Brian Boyle, but when you are considered to be a superstar player and paid $7.8 million per season to score goals like Nash is, you must produce and score goals in big playoff situations or you will always be looked at as great regular season player who just could never handle the pressure in the playoffs.