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Rick Nash threaded a picture-perfect setup on Chris Kreider's game-winning overtime deflection in Thursday's Game 4.
Kreider was asked after the game how it felt to have the Rangers' season on his stick and his response was near perfect. "It wasn't on my stick a very long time," Kreider said. "Nash kind of used me as a backstop, and that's what great players do." Although Nash didn't score for the 10th time in the Rangers' 11 postseason games, the pass to Kreider was about as perfect as the rookie could ask for. The puck landed just beyond the stick of defender Dougie Hamilton and the pass was hard enough to create a deflection that was really difficult for Tuukka Rask to stop in time. The Rangers need Nash to score, but assists like the one Thursday night certainly help.
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After being promoted to the top line for Game 4, Kreider answered the bell with the overtime game-winning goal off a deft pass from Rick Nash. With the series extended for at least another game, it would be safe to assume that Head Coach John Tortorella might stick with the same line combinations that resulted in their first win over Boston. As for Kreider, he displayed high-end offensive talent with a couple of playoff game-winners last season, but played sparingly during the regular season. The 22-year old has shown the ability to raise his level of play during the post-season, so he could be a solid fantasy play for Game 5.
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Rick Nash played on three different lines in Sunday's loss to Boston and John Tortorella plans to play him "a lot" as the series shifts to New York for Games 3 and 4.
Armed with the last change it should make it easier to get Nash away from Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who always draws the assignment to shut down the opposition's best. Nash scored his first goal of the playoffs on Sunday and the Rangers are hoping he can get on a bit of a roll now.
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Rick Nash finally broke through and scored his first playoff goal in the 2013 playoffs, but it wasn't enough as the New York Rangers lost to the Boston Bruins 5-2 in Game 2 on Sunday.
He now has a single tally on 32 shots in this postseason, giving him a 3.1 shooting percentage. He had 21 goals in 44 games during the regular season. Ryan Callahan scored a beauty for New York's other tally today.
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Rick Nash is learning on the fly during the playoffs, but he feels that it's only a matter of time before he breaks out.
"I've got to stick with it, keep working," he said after going without a goal in the first round. "Any time you're in a bit of a funk, you want to work your way out of it, and by doing that you keep things simple, keep shooting. The chances are there. I've just got to work harder to get them in." This is only his second year in the postseason and his first since 2009 when he was a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets. That series ended in a four-game sweep by Detroit. With another series under his belt, he should be better prepared and hungrier to perform in the semifinals. "I haven't been in many playoff games, so this is definitely new to me," Nash said. "Any time you get experience, it helps."
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Rick Nash isn't feeling discouraged that he hasn't scored yet in the playoffs.
"I think the offense will come," said Nash, who scored 21 goals during the regular season. "I was getting a few chances [Monday], got a few chances [Sunday]. That's my main goal, trying to help the team win. It's unfortunate that I can't do it right now by bringing the offense. I'm just trying to make good defensive plays, try to set guys up, bring some momentum swings." He had two assists and 22 shots in seven games against Washington in the first round and will look to get one in the goal column when the Rangers begin their semifinal series in Boston on Thursday.
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According to Chris Botta, the NHL will confirm the outdoor game scheduled for next season between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils at Yankee Stadium later this week.
The game will reportedly take place on the Sunday before the Super Bowl, which is also taking place in New York next year. The NHL has also planned four other outdoor games next season, highlighted by the Winter Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings.