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Rick Nash is putting his team first as he is attempting to get his name etched on the Stanley Cup.

Nash was considered the Rangers top scoring threat heading into the playoffs but he has found it difficult to find the back of the net. He did manage three goals against the Canadiens but had not scored in 14 previous playoff games this season. "I'd be lying if I said that there haven't been times where I've been frustrated by not scoring, I definitely was," Nash said. "But there's a bigger picture than individual stats, and that's wins and losses. At this point, that's really all there is. For me, playing the defensive game is something I take a lot of pride in. I've had that role playing for Canada where I was more of a defensive and checking guy. It's lucky for me that I had Hitch as a coach in Columbus, because he's the one that taught me how to play that way."

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Rick Nash had a goal and an assist in the Rangers' 7-4 defeat on Tuesday.

Nash struggled mightily in the first two playoff series, but he's bounced back against the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Final. He now has three goals and five points in five games in the series.

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The New York Rangers don't want to give the Montreal Canadiens any reason to feel optimistic early in Game 5.

The Rangers are up 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Final. "We want to get the job done tonight. We want to treat it like an elimination game for ourselves as well. We have to play desperate. We need a strong start," Rick Nash said. The team with the edge often talks about matching the other squad's desperation, but that doesn't always translate on the ice. we've seen some big series leads evaporate already in the 2014 playoffs. It's fair to say Montreal's not out of this yet.

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Rick Nash scored for a second straight game on Monday.

He scored in Game 1 against Montreal and he got on the scoreboard again in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final after going goalless in his previous 14 outings. "Well, he's smiling a little bit more lately," coach Alain Vigneault said. "And to see him finally get rewarded for working extremely hard. ... He was finding other ways to contribute I think he might be getting that little touch around the net back. That's a really good sign." Nash scored the game-winning marker on Monday on a one-timer late in the first period. He now has three points in his last two contests.

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Rick Nash finally got his first goal of the 2014 playoffs on Saturday.

He scored New York's seventh goal, on a 5-on-3 power play, in the third period of a 7-2 win on Montreal backup Peter Budaj, but he'll be relieved to get that weight off his back. Nash didn't have a goal despite 52 shots in 14 matches heading into Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. He had a goal and an assist versus Montreal on Saturday afternoon.

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New York Rangers luminary Rick Nash has taken a league-high 52 shots in the playoffs but none of them has crossed the goal line in 13 post-season games this year.

And Nash's scoring woes are in the spotlight as the Rangers prepare for Game 1 in the Eastern Conference Final this afternoon against the Canadiens in Montreal. 'Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don't," Nash said. "But when you're in a slump, you have to work your way out of it. The team success is the main thing. The team picture is so much bigger than my individual struggle." Nash was booed by fans at Madison Square Garden last week before the Rangers rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win a second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Acquired from the Blue Jackets at great cost in a trade that included Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov and Tim Erixon in July 2012, Nash has playoff numbers too ugly to ignore for long. The Rangers' goals leader the past two regular seasons, he has one goal on 94 shots in 26 postseason games for New York, which has relied on players from all four of its forward lines for scoring.

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Rick Nash is putting pressure on himself as his goal scoring drought continues.

Nash has no goals in 13 playoff contests in 2014. "I have to produce, I have to help this team win," Nash said. "Whether it's having a great playoffs, or not so good, there is always pressure on me." Game 7 of the Rangers' second round series against Pittsburgh will take place Tuesday night.

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Rick Nash will be someone to keep an eye on during Game 7 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Nash has now gone 13 playoff games without scoring a goal in 2014. To make matters worse, he actually leads the league in shots on goal with 51. But Game 7 offers him a dramatic opportunity to end that drought.

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Rick Nash got booed by Rangers fans on Wednesday.

It's another low for Nash, who hasn't scored a goal in 11 playoff games. He's certainly not the only Rangers player that's struggling right now, but Nash's drought is emphasized by his past shortcomings. He now has just two goals in 27 playoff contests.

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Rick Nash looked Friday night on the verge of breaking loose, according to hockey reporter Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger.

Nash still hasn't scored a goal in this post-season, but he was a handful for the Penguins in the Rangers' 3-2 overtime win in Pittsburgh in Game 1 of the team's second-round playoff series. His four shots on net were a hint that perhaps he's ready to find the back of the net, Chere writes.