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Video: Nash’s 30th goal comes on shorthanded breakaway


Rick Nash became the second player this season to reach the 30-goal mark and he did so in style.

With his New York Rangers trailing 1-0 and down a man near the midway point of the first period, Nash claimed the puck in the Rangers zone and took off on the breakaway opportunity. As the Panthers’ skaters played catch up, Nash outmaneuvered Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo:

He’s the first Ranger to net at least 30 goals and four shorthanded markers in the same season since Theo Fleury did it in 2000-01, per the Rangers’ Twitter feed.

This is Nash’s eighth 30-goal season, but it’s the first time he’s reached that milestone in a Rangers’ uniform. His first campaign with them was the 48-game lockout shortened season and he struggled in 2013-14 with 26 goals and 39 points in 65 contests.


Ovechkin becomes fifth player to start career with 10 straight 30+ goal seasons

Three reasons the Rangers could be deadline players

2014 NHL Draft - Round 2-7

1. Everybody’s already discussing it. Brough alluded to the Rangers’ interest in welcoming Mike Santorelli to the trade rumor mill, and over the weekend all the local rags — Post, Daily News and Record — had some variation of the same story, playing off this quote from head coach Alain Vigneault:

“If we can improve ourselves and become a better team, we’re gonna do that. We’re no different than any other team now. But so far, I’ve liked the way our team has progressed. I’ve liked how certain individuals have progressed.

“We’ve got a little bit of time here to sort things out, and that’s what we’re gonna do.”

The talk, primarily, is about strengthening New York’s center position, specifically the third-line role currently filled by rookie Kevin Hayes. Depth down the middle has been an issue for this club this season, especially after losing Brad Richards and Brian Boyle during the summer, though it’s fair to suggest the Rangers could be primed to do more than add a bottom-six center. Why? Because…

2. GM Glen Sather has a history of big deadline deals. Last year Slats co-orchestrated the Martin St. Louis-for-Ryan Callahan blockbuster, which continued in his string of significant moves; the year prior, he flipped Marian Gaborik to Columbus for a trio of players that included Derick Brassard, and also acquired Ryane Clowe from San Jose.

Sather also has a few assets to deal. Teams looking to acquire young defensemen might look the way of Brady Skjei or Dylan McIlrath (though it’s tough to gauge the latter’s market value, given he’s yet to establish himself at the NHL level.)

3. The Rangers are in go-for-it mode. The window is now, and it’s open. The reigning Eastern Conference champs are probably more aware than anyone that the east is up for grabs; last season, the Rangers made it to the Stanley Cup Final despite heading into the playoffs as the “five” seed (Boston, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Montreal all finished with more points) and parity appears to be almost equal this season.

So, who are the Blueshirts going to target?

One would have to think Coyotes center Antoine Vermette is at the top of their wist list. He’d be an ideal addition down the middle and would have some chemistry with Brassard and Rick Nash, his former Blue Jackets teammates (from 2009-12). The Vermette bidding war is expected to be high, however, and the Rangers are at a disadvantage without a first-round pick at the ’15 Entry draft, sent to Tampa Bay in the St. Louis deal.

David Legwand could be another name to keep an eye on. The veteran center seems to have fallen out of favor with new Ottawa head coach Dave Cameron, and Sens GM Bryan Murray admitted Legwand could be on the move. At 34, Legwand has the veteran experience Vigneault likes; Vigneault would also be familiar with the ex-Predator from his coaching days in Vancouver (most notably the ’11 playoffs, when the Canucks ousted Nashville in Round 2.)

Get your game notes: Habs at Rangers

Montreal Canadiens v New York Rangers

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the New York Rangers hosting the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:


• Two Original Six teams clash: MTL and NYR will play the rubber game of their 3-game season series tonight at MSG.

• Oct. 25, 2014 at Bell Centre – MTL def. NYR 3-1 – (Carey Price – 34 saves, Max Pacioretty 1G-1A).

• Nov. 23, 2014 at MSG – NYR def. MTL 5-0 (MTL backup Dustin Tokarski played in place of Price).

• These two teams faced off in the Eastern Conference Final last season (NYR won series 4-2).

• Eastern Conference Outlook: MTL and NYR are both secure in the top 8 in the East standings, as there is a 7-point gap between the 2nd Wild Card (BOS) and 9th-place (FLA).

• Within the top 8, things are much more bunched.

• Montreal sits 3rd in the Atlantic, but is just 2 points behind division-leading DET with 2 games in hand.

• The Rangers are the 1st Wild Card currently, but have at least 2 games in hand on all 3 teams in the Metro above them in the standings.

• Scorching Habs: Montreal enters on a 3-game win streak and owns a 13-3-1 record in its last 17 games.

• Last game: MTL def. DAL 3-2 – this was the first game out of the All-Star Break for MTL. The Habs won despite getting outshot 42-26. Carey Price made 40 saves.

• Rangers Rolling: The Rangers lead the NHL in wins since December 8 with 16, and while New York is and impressive 16-4-0 since then, they are also 3-3-0 in their last 6 games.

• Last game: NYI def. NYR 4-1 – this was the first game out of the All-Star Break for the Rangers. NYR had a 3-game win streak snapped and remained winless against the Isles this season in 3 games (0-3-0 record).

• NYR begins a 4-game homestand tonight (also vs. CAR, BOS, FLA). NYR is 6-1-0 in its last 7 home gms.

MONTREAL TEAM/PLAYER NOTES• Max Pacioretty set a career high last season with 39 goals – that ranked him 4th in the NHL.• Pacioretty is on pace for another 35+ goal season with 21 through 46 games.• Alex Galchenyuk scored a highlight-reel goal vs. DAL to extend his goal streak to 3 games (3G-1A). He has never scored a goal in 4 straight games.• Galchenyuk, the 3rd overall pick in the 2012 draft, matched his career high with 13 goals, and has set a new career high with 32 points this season.• P.K. Subban is also riding a 3-game point streak (2G-2A) after an assist vs. DAL. His next point will be the 200th of his career.NEW YORK TEAM/PLAYER NOTES• Rick Nash leads the Rangers in goals with 28. He is tied with Tyler Seguin (DAL) for 2nd in the NHL, 1 goal behind league-leader Alex Ovechkin.• No Ranger has led the NHL in goals in a season since Lynn Patrick in 1941-42.• The 30-year-old Nash has already surpassed his goal and point totals from a season ago – in 20 fewer games.• His career high is 41 goals, set in 2003-04 (2nd NHL season, w/ CBJ). He is on pace for over 50 this season.• He has just 2 points (both goals) in the last 6 games.• Derek Stepan was held without a point vs. NYI, but he has 5 points (2G-3A) in his last 4 games.• He is 4th on the team in points (32) despite playing in just 32 of the team’s 45 games this season. Stepan missed the first 12 games of the season recovering from a fractured fibula suffered in training camp.• Ryan McDonagh was a Canadiens 1st round draft choice (12th overall) in 2007. However, he never played an NHL game for the Habs, as he was traded to NYR in the 2009 offseason in the deal that brought Scott Gomez to MTL.• McDonagh only has 1 point in his last 9 games.• Career vs. MTL: While he only has 1 point in 14 career regular season games vs. MTL, last postseason McDonagh led NYR over MTL in the Eastern Conference Final with 10 points (2G-8A) in the 6-game series.• Dominic Moore played for MTL in 2009-10. Last season with NYR, Moore scored the only goal in the Rangers’ 1-0 Game 6 shutout victory in the Eastern Conference Final to eliminate the Habs and advance to the Stanley Cup Final.