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