Rick Nash hasn't been in New York long, but he's already saying things that prove he'll be a perfect fit in the city.
Winning is important in the big apple, and Nash is more upset over losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins than he is happy about scoring his first goal as a New York Ranger.
"I'd rather have the two points [for a win]. That doesn't mean much," Nash said after the New York Rangers fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-3, in their home opener. "If it helped us win or helped us tie it, it'd mean a lot."
Nash, who the Rangers acquired in the offseason, scored his first goal for New York short-handed. After Derek Stepan stole the puck at center ice, he hit Nash to his right, who powered past the Pittsburgh defenders and beat goaltender Tomas Vokoun in a one-on-one spot to make the score 5-3.
The goal livened Madison Square Garden for the final few minutes of the game, but it was too little too late as the Blueshirts were unable to mount a comeback.
The team has now started 0-2, and the road doesn't get any easier as the Rangers play two games in two days coming up against the Boston Bruins — who they lost to on opening night 3-1 — and the Philadelphia Flyers.
"I don't think we're pushing panic buttons, but it's not the start we wanted," Nash said. "We got to get back to work. There's a lot of mistakes out there that we have to correct."
Some of those mistakes have been on defense, something head coach John Tortorella is notoriously known for correcting.Tags: Boston Bruins, Derek Stepan, Hockey, John Tortorella, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Rangers, NHL, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Rick Nash, Tomas Vokoun