Rangers' Rick Nash: Breaks through for first goal of 2016-17
Nash scored his first goal (and point) of the year on his only shot and went minus-2 in Monday's win over San Jose.
This game was a bit of a mixed bag for Nash, whose most memorable play wasn't the goal -- a tap-in off a wide Ryan McDonagh shot that ricocheted off the boards and out in front -- but rather a brilliant backhand pass to set up Jimmy Vesey, who got stoned on the shot by Sharks netminder Martin Jones. Nash seems to be assuming more and more of a pass-first mentality at this stage of his career, as he eschewed a prime shooting opportunity in the first period to make a cross-ice feed that got broken up. That's not exactly promising for fantasy owners hoping to get back the olden-days, 40-goal-sniping version of Nash. However, the Rangers' offense has been looking quite capable in the early going, and the veteran winger does still occupy a top-six slot.