Rick Nash scored twice on Tuesday night ending a slump of 12 games without a goal.
He had 33 shots on goal in that stretch of 12 games without scoring.
Nash said after the game that he feels his game has been good but that he hasn't been able to put the puck in the net. (MSG)
He added that "it's only one game. It's not that big of a deal to me, it's what I am supposed to do." (MSG)
Dave Maloney said that Nash is a streaky scorer but that he came through and made a "statement" when the Rangers needed him. (MSG)
Henrik Lundqvist spoke after Tuesday's win about Nash and said (NYR Game Notes):
- When you see Rick (Nash) working so hard for a lot of games here and get rewarded with two tonight, I think everybody is happy for him."
- "He is a goal scorer, so obviously when the goals go in he is going to benefit from it and we benefit from it."
On Wednesday, Alain Vigneault said the two goals for Nash on Tuesday will be a sign of things to come.
Vigneault said that Nash is a big part of the team, the leadership group, knows the team needs him to score and said that "he puts a lot of pressure on himself but I am very confident that yesterday was a step in the right direction for him and our group."
Adam Rotter: I hope that Tuesday is what gets Nash going on one of his hot streaks. He looked assertive, fast and confident carrying and shooting the puck and a lot like the player the Rangers need him to be. The more he scores the more it's likely that it helps the Rangers win and keeps him with the team, which is what he wants, past the trade deadline. He's an important player and someone the Rangers need a lot from if they want to even think about making a run in any sort of way.