Notebook: Nash nets first goal

May, 19, 2013
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BOSTON -- Rick Nash's first goal of the 2013 playoffs -- and his first as a New York Ranger -- came as little solace following the team's 5-2 loss Sunday to the Bruins in Game 2.

"We lost the game and that's pretty much the only thing on my mind," Nash said.

Nash, whose line has been matched up against Zdeno Chara through the first two games, beat the hulking Bruins defenseman before streaking to the net and scoring on goaltender Tuukka Rask to tie the game 2-2 in the second period.

Nash's goal erased a one-goal Bruins lead that was built on Gregory Campbell's backhander 56 seconds prior.

But the equalizer was rendered moot when the Bruins broke open the game in the third.

The Rangers, and Nash, had chances on the power play to get back into the game but they couldn't convert.

The unit failed to cash in on all five man-up opportunities Sunday. The Rangers are now 0-for-8 on the power play this series and 2-for-36 this playoffs.

The power play did show some promise, however, in contrast to the feeble attempts in previous games.

"Our power play was better tonight," coach John Tortorella said. "Didn't score, but it was better."

Carl Hagelin even made a brief appearance with the team's second unit. On Saturday, Tortorella said the speedy winger "stinks" on the power play because he's "too quick" and acts like a "jitterbug."

Those sort of colorful quotes are what makes Tortorella such an intriguing character at times. But NBC learned the hard way that he is not always the friendliest choice for live television.

During a first-period intermission interview with NBC's Pierre McGuire, Tortorella swore while talking about captain Ryan Callahan's goal.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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