There are few times Don Cherry has little to say about any topic in hockey but he doesn’t have an answer for Rick Nash’s struggle to score come the Stanley Cup playoffs.
One of three New York Rangers to not score in a five-game loss to Los Angeles in this year’s National Hockey League championship, Nash has found the back of the net just five times in 41 post-season contests.
The 29-year-old power forward led the Rangers with 26 goals in the regular season and only once in 11 NHL seasons has scored fewer than 21 goals.
Nash had his chances in 25 games during this year’s playoffs, leading the league in shots with 83.
“[It’s] hard to believe and nobody can figure it out,” Cherry told Hockey Night in Canada Radio host Rob Pizzo and co-host Mike Brophy of CBCSports.ca on Wednesday. “He’s had open nets, hit posts. I thought this was his best playoffs as far as hitting and banging and skating. He’s not a floater.
“He gets around that net in the playoffs and it’s not there. He should have been a force.”
Cherry added he believed Nash would have excelled at the Sochi Olympics in February but the Canadian left-winger managed only an assist in six games.
In a wide-ranging interview, Cherry also talked about Kings defenceman Drew Doughty and how “he reminds me a bit of Bobby Orr,” Ryan O’Reilly’s contract situation with the Colorado Avalanche, Ottawa Senators captain Jason Spezza’s trade request and what the Toronto Maple Leafs have to do to improve.
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Rob Pizzo and co-hosts Elliotte Friedman, Kelly Hrudey, Craig Simpson, Tim Wharnsby, Cassie Campbell-Pascall and Mike Brophy discuss the game of hockey in an entertaining way on Hockey Night in Canada Radio, the flagship of NHL Network radio on SiriusXM. Weekdays from 3-5pm ET on Sirius 207 and XM 211.