Three Stars of the Week: Jan. 13 - 19

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No. 2: Rick Nash (3G, +4)


It is no surprise that Rick Nash’s torrid offensive production has coincided with the Rangers’ winning more games than they're losing. Despite being held off the score sheet against both Tampa Bay and Detroit, it was not for a lack of effort, as Nash registered an astonishing 11 shots on goal in those two games, including eight against Jimmy Howard and the Red Wings Thursday night. Like Stepan, Nash saved his best for the weekend, as his breakaway goal Saturday put the Rangers ahead, 2-1, midway through the second period against Ottawa, which would hold up to be the game-winner in the Rangers’ 4-1 victory.

On Sunday night, Nash continued his impressive goal-scoring pace, stealing a puck on the near boards, using his strength to hold off Washington’s defender and chipping a shot over Philipp Grubauer’s left shoulder. The goal came just 1:10 into the first period and set the tone for the rest of the game. Nash followed this up with a power-play goal near the end of the first period that put the Rangers ahead 2-0, which like Saturday, held up to be the game-winner.

If his weekend stats weren’t enough to impress you, perhaps this will: Nash now has seven goals in his last eight games, including four game-winners. In those eight games, the Rangers are 6-1-1 with a goal differential of plus-10.