New York Rangers v Washington Capitals - Game One

Rangers’ Nash: ‘I didn’t think it would take 10 years’


Prior to this season, Rick Nash’s playoff experience in the National Hockey League totaled four games.

Those all came in the spring of 2009, when Nash and his former team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, were swept in the first round.

Nash, now a member of the New York Rangers, is off to the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.

On Monday, the Rangers dismantled the Washington Capitals on the road by a score of 5-0.

Nash recorded an assist on Michael Del Zotto’s goal in the early stages of the second period that gave the Rangers a commanding 3-0 cushion.

Nash and the Rangers are moving on to the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Bruins. Original Six.

It’s also another chapter in the historic and ongoing rivalry between Boston and New York.

This is unfamiliar territory for the former first overall pick from the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

“I didn’t think it would take 10 years,” Nash told the New York Times. “It’s what I wanted in my career, to have a chance to play in the playoffs and to play in games that mean a lot.”

Now, the key will be to get the 28-year-old Nash going offensively.

He didn’t score a goal the entire series against the Capitals and had just two assists.

Dating back to 2009, Nash only has one goal and five points in 11 career NHL playoff games.

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

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The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.


Detroit places Datsyuk and three others on I.R.

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The Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve.

Placing these players on I.R. opens up four more roster spots for Detroit.

The Red Wings have suffered an incredibe amount of injuries heading into the season.

Datsyuk (ankle) is expected to be out until November.

DeKeyser (foot) is going to miss three-to-four weeks, while Helm (concussion) and Marchenko (lower-body) are considered day-to-day.

The team also announced that they have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players on Sunday.

Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains in camp for now.

Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that the 19-year-old has looked good, but a final decision hasn’t been made on where he will play this year.

As for Larkin, he’s just fed up of living in a hotel.

“There’s been so much speculation and so many questions, and no one really knows,” said Larkin. “Maybe the coaches know, but just to find out where I’ll be living or what’s happening — I’m kind of sick of the hotel. It would be nice to know what’s going on.”