Closing the books on Rick Nash trade
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Last summer's trade for Rick Nash, who scored 21 goals in the regular season and went 1-4-5 in 12 playoff games, is complete.
So at this point, the Rangers have no first or second-round selections, three in the third round, one in the fourth round and one in the sixth round of the June 30 draft.
In 12 playoff games, the Rangers averaged 2.17 goals. Of the two teams still playing in the Eastern Conference, Pittsburgh is averaging 4.27, the highest in the league in 20 years, and the Bruins are at 3.17 . . . The Rangers scored 22 goals playing five- on-five, the third-most in the postseason at this point, but were 4-for-44 on the power play (15th overall at 9.1 percent) . . . The Rangers are 0-9 when they fall behind 0-3 in seven-game series . . . It was the Rangers' seventh loss in 10 postseason games against the Bruins.
The Rangers started on the wrong foot in the shortened regular season, going 4-5, and finished as the sixth seed, without the home-ice advantage. Home teams were 17-3 in the second round before Sunday night.
Chris Kreider (1-1-2 in eight games in an average of only 9:42 of ice time) played much more physically, flattening Dennis Seidenberg twice in Game 5. "They were hard hits," Seidenberg said. "He's a thick kid, and that usually doesn't happen. I lost a little of my breath."
Gregory Campbell, who had two goals in 43 previous playoff games, scored twice in Game 5, and the Bruins' fourth line of Campbell (3-1-4), Daniel Paille (1-2-3) and Shawn Thornton (0-3-3) totaled 10 points. Last season, when the Devils ousted the Rangers, their fourth line of Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta and Steve Bernier was 4-5-9 in six games.