We've already talked some about the wonders that occurred in the final 10 minutes of Tuesday night's tilt between the Rangers and the Bruins (3 goals! Jack Edwards jumping up and down!). But a wonder occurred in the first 10 minutes as well, and we have yet to give it adequate praise.
If you haven't seen it yet, you really must watch the remarkable work that Rick Nash does to set up Carl Hagelin for the game's first goal. This is one of the best setups of the early season:A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.
My goodness. That's how quickly Rick Nash can beat you.
Let's give credit to the second assist by Dan Girardi as well. His savvy pass to Nash at the blueline to catch the Bruins trying to make changes allowed this play to happen.
But Nash made it happen, and how. The big winger comes flying in with speed, catching Boston's defence pair of Andrew Ference and Adam McQuaid thinking line change. Both had been on the ice for over a minute, and I suspect Nash is well aware.
The moment he comes across the blue line, this thing's over. Ference tries to retreat, but he's gassed and, frankly, Nash might have too much speed even if he wasn't. In a flash, the Ranger is in the slot, having gone outside-inside on Ference. Then, when Nash stumbles over Ference's skate, he has the presence of mind to make the pass around McQuaid to Hagelin as he falls.
Shortly after this play was made, the Blue Jackets fired Scott Howson. Coincidence? Probably.
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