So what if Rick Nash didn't get a point in his return to Columbus on March 21.
It was still his best performance as a Ranger.
How can we say that? It's simple. In 99 games as a Ranger, Nash has never been more physical, more energized or more impactful.
Whether it was the fight in the third period against Matt Calvert or the scrum he started in the second period when he punched goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, Nash played with an edge that we simply have not seen.
“(Bobrovsky) gave me two slashes in the back of the leg in the first period, and then I go to pick up my stick and he flings it away,” Nash told Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News. “What am I supposed to do, let a guy push me around?”
That attitude from Nash just hasn't been there in his time in New York. Too often, Nash has played as a gentle giant, not using his 6'4", 213-pound frame nearly enough.
It was clear from the start that Nash wanted to prove something upon his return to the city where he spent his first nine seasons. He certainly did. And it seems like that emotion is going to carry over. He played another good game on Saturday against New Jersey, where he scored the game-winning goal.
The Rangers need Nash to be a power forward. That's what he did against Columbus. And it could be the spark for a special rest of the season.