It was the opening minute of a game that would turn into a New York Rangers blowout and the puck was on Rick Nash’s stick. All alone at the side of an empty net, the big winger tried in vain to whack it home from a tight angle.
By the end of a 7-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night it was a failed opportunity that would be forgotten by virtually everyone that witnessed it. However, it was also a moment that said a lot about how things have gone for Nash this season.
One of the top goal-scorers of his generation is mired in a funk and the timing of it couldn’t be any worse. We’re now just days away from the unveiling of Team Canada and no one can say for certain that Nash will receive an invitation. Not even Nash himself.
The 29-year-old has worn his country’s colours with pride and distinction over the last decade and would love the opportunity to do so again in Sochi this February. It’s something he’s thought a lot about in recent months – perhaps even a litt...