Rick Nash: Top Five Goals in the Young Captain's Career

Patrick Drottar@pdrottarCorrespondent IJanuary 20, 2011

Rick Nash: Top Five Goals in the Young Captain's Career

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    In 2002, the Columbus Blue Jackets held the No. 1 pick in the annual entry draft. A franchise only two years old selected a young Canadian forward named Rick Nash.

    Nash, only 18 at the time, only needed two seasons in the OHL with the London Knights to show that he was ready to join hockey's elite.

    In his first game as a Blue Jacket, the future captain tallied a goal in a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

    Over time, Nash has become the face of this young Columbus franchise and represents the team as their captain. Night in and night out, Nash has found ways to score that make all NHL fans' jaws drop.

    So let's take a look at the top five goals from Rick Nash!

5) Nash Regains Composure to Score Shootout Winner

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    In a back and forth game between the Blue Jackets and Anaheim Ducks on November 13, 2009. The game went to a shootout and it was all up to Nash to put away the Ducks and give the Jackets the victory.

4) Rick Nash Dekes Chris Osgood Out of His Skates

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    On March 22, 2007, the Blue Jackets and Red Wings were in a tight game that lead to a shootout. The shootout was tied at 1-1 as the two teams went into the sudden death rounds. Detroit would score in the fourth round, leaving it all up Rick Nash to keep the game going.

3) Nash Finds a Way to Score While Falling

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    Last season in February, the Blue Jackets were taking on the very talented Buffalo Sabres. With under five minutes left in the second period and the Blue Jackets on a power play, Rick Nash found a way to score while falling to the ice. If you watch carefully, it looks like RJ Umberger's pass was meant for defenseman Anton Stralman.

2) Between the Legs? I Think So!

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    The first time I saw this goal, I thought it was your normal every day goal that came off of a rebound. However, when they showed the replay.......well you will just have to watch yourself.

1) THE Goal

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    It seems that every time Rick Nash is brought up in casual conversation, this goal is mentioned. This has to be one of the best goals I have ever seen. With only a few seconds left in the third period, Michael Peca was able to chip the puck out of the zone and on the stick of Rick Nash. The rest is history as Rick Nash made the two defenseman for the Coyotes look silly and won the game for the Blue Jackets. Listen in as the color commentator literally says "wow" as Nash dekes.

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