Tag: Rick Nash

New York Rangers v Montreal Canadiens

Video: Nash scores game winner, moves within one goal of Alex Ovechkin


Rick Nash continues to close in on his career high for goals. He also happens to be nipping at the heels of Alex Ovechkin for the league lead in that department, too.

Nash scored the game winner for the New York Rangers, as they defeated the Buffalo Sabres by a final score of 3-1 on Friday.

Mackenzie Skapski, making his NHL debut in goal for the Rangers, gave up a goal 14 seconds into the first period, but that was it, as he stopped 24 of 25 shots and picked up his first career victory in the big league.

At the age of 30, Nash is up to 37 goals this season. That’s one back of Ovechkin, who was not in action on Friday, and four off his career best of 41, set back in 2003-04. The veteran Rangers’ winger finished off a pretty passing play less than a minute into the second period, giving his team a 2-1 lead.

Jackman to pass Sutter tonight for 2nd on Blues’ games played list

Barret Jackman

Tonight will be a special one for Barret Jackman.

Jackman will play in game No. 780 tonight, moving him past former Blues captain Brian Sutter and into second place on the franchise’s all-time games played list — trailing only St. Louis legend Bernie Federko.

“I think one-team longevity is uncommon now,” Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said of Jackman, per the team website. “I don’t think you see it very much anymore. It’s nice to see a guy that’s a good player get to stay with the same team for a long period of time.

“To have Jax here for this extended period of time, I think it helps you continuity-wise with your program. He can help a lot of the young players out. I think he’s established in the community, so, there’s a real identity with him and the St. Louis community.”

The Calder winner as NHL rookie of the year in 2003 — beating out Henrik Zetterberg and Rick Nash — Jackman has been a model of consistency during his 13 years with the Blues, and is the longest-tenured athlete in St. Louis professional sports.

More, from the Blues website:

When the Blues face the Dallas Stars tonight at Scottrade Center, Jackman will surpass Brian Sutter for second place on the Blues’ games-played list. Sutter spent his entire 12-year playing career in St. Louis, including nine seasons as a captain. The two are not only linked in longevity, they are mirrored in method.

Jackman and Sutter are two of four players in club history to have collected over 1,000 career penalty minutes. During his career, Jackman’s body-sacrificing style has produced 909 hits and 1,196 blocked shots – two numbers that only nine other NHL players have reached since those stats both began tracking in 2005-06.

“You couldn’t ask for a better teammate, a better leader,” said Blues forward T.J. Oshie. “He’s played a lot of games and gotten pretty nicked up. He’s definitely a warrior in every sense of the word.”

A pending UFA, it’ll be interesting to see what happens with Jackman this summer. It seems unlikely he’d want to play anywhere other than St. Louis but, with the Blues carrying a relatively high payroll and salary cap uncertainty for next season, he might be forced to take a hometown discount from the three-year, $9.5M deal he’s currently on.

PHT Morning Skate: Ovechkin, Nash gun for the Richard Trophy

Washington Capitals v New York Rangers

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

For years, it’s felt like the Maurice Richard Trophy might as well have been called the Alex Ovechkin Award. Rick Nash is really having an amazing goal-scoring year in 2014-15, however, setting up quite the thrilling race between two of the NHL’s best snipers.

What’s especially cool is that the Capitals and Rangers play on April 11, setting up a potential final showdown. So who gets it? (The Hockey News)

The Avalanche are trying to find the right balance between winning and building. (The Denver Post)

Mike Richards seems to be making lemonade out of AHL lemons so far. (Los Angeles Times)

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $50,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Monday’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $5,000. Starts Monday at 7pm ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

TSN notes that Steve Montador was a plaintiff in a concussion case against the NHL. (TSN)

A tweet can change someone’s life. Just ask Corey Hirsch. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Getzlaf on Ovechkin: ‘I didn’t know he was going to dive the way he did tonight’

Ryan Getzlaf, Alex Ovechkin

Alexander Ovechkin and Andre Burakovsky each scored twice Sunday night as the Washington Capitals defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-3.

Marcus Johansson’s 14th of the season at 3:27 of the second period stood to be the game winner.

Ovechkin, who also assisted on Burakovsky’s two goals, now has a league-leading 36 on the season passing Rangers’ forward Rick Nash.

Not everyone was impressed with Ovechkin’s four-point night.

Ovechkin and Ryan Getzlaf had a run-in on the ice during the first period. Post-game Getzlaf had some choice words for the Washington captain.

“I didn’t know he was going to dive the way he did tonight,” said Getzlaf per the L.A. Times’ Helene Elliott. “All over the [expletive] ice. That part of it is a little embarrassing. Pardon my language. He’s a great player.

“He’s going to score goals and make plays. That other stuff’s embarrassing.”

Andrew Cogliano scored both goals for the Ducks. It was his first multi-goal game since Mar. 2, 2013.

Defenseman Hampus Lindholm had two assists in the loss.

Francois Beauchemin appeared in his 500th game with the Ducks Sunday night. He joins Ruslan Salei (594) as the only other Ducks defenseman to reach the milestone.

Justin Peters made 30 saves for the win while John Gibson stopped 23 shots in the loss.

Anaheim lost defenseman Sami Vatanen (lower body) and forward Matt Beleskey (upper body) in the first period. Neither player returned to the game and Bruce Boudreau had no update on either player post-game.

Video: Ovechkin takes over the goal-scoring lead

Alex Ovechkin

Washington Capitals’ captain Alexander Ovechkin scored twice in the first period tonight in Anaheim to reclaim the NHL’s goal-scoring lead.

Ovechkin’s first of the night, and 35th of the season, tied the game 1-1.

Then with the Caps trailing 2-1, Ovechkin netted his 36th of the season, on a power play midway through the first period.

With the two goals Ovechkin passes New York Rangers’ forward Rick Nash, who entered tonight’s action as the goal-scoring leader with 35.

Ovechkin does not have a hat trick this season. His last three-goal night came on Dec. 10, 2013 when he scored four against the Tampa Bay Lightning.