Update: Marc Staal played 24 shifts, 18:24, before being felled and bloodied by a deflected shot that bloodied the right side of his face near the eye early in the third. He had not been taken to the hospital by the end of the game. He had one shot and was credited with five hits. Dan Girardi said he thought his blueline partner would be all right.
That was the downer on a night when Ryan Callahan kick-started the Rangers with two first-period goals, and Rick Nash was the closer. All of Nash's seven goals this season have come in third periods and his skills are bringing fans to their feet.
Henrik Lundqvist compared Nash to an all-world former teammate, Jaromir Jagr.
“It just feels so good to have a player like that on the team that can be the difference every night…When Jags was at his best here, he is that type of player and Nash is doing things right now that is very impressive to see.”
Anybody out there still questioning the trade with Columbus for Dubi, Artie, Erixon and a No. 1?
“He’s been confident since Day One,” said coach John Tortorella. “It’s just a really good deal for us. We lose some good players, you lose the middle of your lineup. We are beginning to find the middle of our lineup.”
“It’s fun for me to play in front of a sold-out building in a hockey city that truly loves the Rangers,” said Nash, who was a plus 2 in 21:09 and has a point in seven straight. “I think the system is becoming concrete now. At first you’re thinking and losing that half second, but now….it just comes naturally.”
Lundqvist: “Their power play was hot. They were picking us apart in the first period. It was big for us to come back (on Callahan’s second goal)”
The Rangers were 3-1-0 on the homestand and are 9-4-1 at MSG. they play 17 of the final 27 on the road….The PP (1 for 4) is 7-for-31 (22.6 percent) over the last nine games….Derek Stepan (two assists) is 4-4-8 in the last 10 games…Marian Gaborik has four assists in four games...Brian Boyle won 11 of 13 faceoffs…Micheal Haley was the 12thplayer to debut as a Blueshirt this season.