Rick Nash was back out on the ice for an NHL contest for the first time in nearly a month and a half last night as the New York Rangers took on the Boston Bruins. The scoring winger hadn’t played since October 8, when Brad Stuart of the San Jose Sharks elbowed him in the head, and while he admitted to feeling rusty, he knows that the important part was not suffering a setback at this stage of recovery.
Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News spoke to Nash following last night’s contest, and he had this to say following his first game back:
I felt OK. I felt a bit slow making plays; I had a couple of chances when I could’ve passed it but I just had my head down. But I think the timing, and the speed, that will come. The first period, the first couple of shifts, it was tough. But I found (my game) and found some chances on offense.
To say that Nash found some offense would be an understatement. He tied Brad Richards for a team-high five shots on goal, and made 11 attempts at Tuukka Rask last night. The Rangers as a whole had a tough time solving Boston’s netminder though, as Rask made 43 saves and more or less hijacked the contest for the B’s.
Nash and the rest of the Rangers will be right back at it tomorrow, as they face the suddenly red-hot Dallas Stars in Texas.