Alain Vigneault said earlier this week that Rick Nash is "leading the way" for the Rangers and doing what is expected.
Vigneault said that Nash was a "force" against the Penguins, "wants to lead" and "that is what we need from him."
On Friday, Vigneault said that Nash is a beast and representative of the whole team right now.
He said that Nash is getting "tons of chances" but only has one goal.
Vigneault said that he believes that Nash is doing things the right way and that the rewards will "come for Rick, and the rest of our group."
He has 1 goal on 34 shots this season (4th in the NHL), has attempted 51 shots, hit the post thrice, shot it over the net once and wide of the net 9 times.
Nash said on Thursday that even with all of his chances, "sooner or later you have to convert. It's tough right now. Goals come in bunches and you know when you're in a drought it's always tough. (NYR Game Notes)
Nash said that he isn't questioning himself or losing confidence right now and that "when they're not going in, those pucks all bounce the wrong way and it looks like this." (NY Post)
He added that the "opportunities are there, have to keep taking the puck to the net and sooner or later it will start to go in." (NYR Game Notes)
Adam Rotter: It's been extremely frustrating to watch Nash get quality chance after quality chance and have the puck go off the post or see the goalie just get enough of it to prevent it from going in. It's not as if Nash is playing on the perimeter or loafing around when he has the puck, he's going right at the net and just isn't getting rewarded right now. At some point, as long as he keeps getting these opportunities, you would think that the puck will finally start to find the back of the net. That would not only be a load off of Nash's back but play a big part in helping the Rangers actually win some games.