Rick Nash Doing More to Lead New York Rangers Than Stat Sheet Shows

May 2nd, 2015 by Dave Lozo Leave a reply »

NEW YORK — Barry Trotz said he didn’t notice Rick Nash on Saturday afternoon.

It wasn’t a salvo fired against the overly scrutinized star of the New York Rangers; he was simply stating that his focus was on his Washington Capitals during Game 2 of this second-round series, which the Rangers won 3-2 at Madison Square Garden to even the series at 1-1. 

Yet that’s been the overall knock against Nash over the past two postseasons; invisibility is a desirable trait if you’re a character in one of the 300 superhero movies due out this summer but not one you’d want from a 40-goal forward with a salary-cap hit approaching $8 million.

Although if you didn’t see Nash on Saturday or even in this postseason, he’s not invisible—you’re just not looking close enough.

Let’s examine the two prevailing narratives around Nash through seven postseason games in 2015.

The first one revolves around Nash having one goal, which was scored in the dying seconds of the Rangers’ 4-3 loss in Game 2 against the Penguins in the first round. I ...

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