Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
Rick Nash: Good to go in Game 4
Rick Nash, who has one assist in the first three games of this playoff series, said he had no ill effects after slamming into the boards on a missed check on Mike Green at the end of the second period in Game 3.
“No, I felt pretty good in the third,” said Nash, who was given a maintenance day for rest and treatment on Tuesday and skated Wednesday morning in an optional practice at MSG.
“I think each game seems to heat up as the stakes get higher and higher,” he said. “For us, we’ve had must wins every single game in our dressing room, we’re trying to make that one of our key points, to keep the game physical…It’s controlled emotion, the emotions are high, but you can’t let that get the best of you, you’ve got to stay out of that penalty box, especially with their power play.”
Game 3 was Nash’s first playoff win in seven tries. “Hopefully there’s a lot more to come,” he said.
“I had some chances the first game,” Nash said. “Second game, I hit a post and was around the puck a lot, but to finally get some goals and payoff for the guys (in Game 3), it’s a big deal.”
Here’s Nash, who had 21 goals this season, on Henrik Lundqvist’s Vezina nomination: “It’s not very surprising, he’s probably one of the best goalies in the world, the backbone of the team, he helped us turn everything around early on when we were struggling, can’t say enough about him. He’s professional, goalies have their own routines, he’s no different. I think just his passion for the game has impressed me the most.’’