Rangers forward Rick Nash has yet to score in New York’s playoff series against the Washington Capitals and went all of regulation without a shot in Game 5. (He did eventually register two shots in overtime.) After being a +16 in the first 48 games this year, he’s a -1 in the postseason.
Now with the Rangers on the brink of elimination, the notoriously demanding New York media is pointing to Nash’s performance as one reason the Blueshirts trail the Capitals 3-2.
Nash’s Career Playoff Totals…
Plus/Minus of -5
2 penalty minutes
The New York Post called him an “apparition on ice.” The New York Daily News refers to Nash’s efforts (in combination with those of Brad Richards and captain Ryan Callahan) as “unthinkable.” The New York Times goes so far as to suggest that the Rangers traded the wrong man when they sent Marian Gaborik to Columbus at the trade deadline.
Nash’s Third Period Time-On-Ice versus Washington…
Game 1 – 8:25
Game 2 – 7:27
Game 3 – 5:35
Game 4 – 2:51
Game 5 – 5:39
However, it’s not just the New York reporters taking notice of Nash’s struggles. The official NHL website has an article devoted to the forward’s self-described slump.
As for coach John Tortorella? “I’m not gonna talk about guys who are fighting it,” he said. “They’re fair questions, but I don’t want to answer them.”
The Rangers are at home Sunday and playing Washington at 4:30 pm.