Leading the Way

Rick Nash

On a night when it was expected to be Crosby vs Ovechkin, the newly formed shutdown line of Mike Richards, Rick Nash and Jonathan Toews absolutely stole the show. If I were Mike Babcock, I would continue putting them out there before I put the San Jose line. Each of those guys were absolutely fantastic every shift of the game.

Anyone who doubted that Mike Richards should be on the team, I hope you saw his effort along the boards before the Shea Weber goal last night. I can’t find a replay because the fucking Olympics has a stranglehold on everything, but he basically outmuscled a Russian forward while on his own ass, got the puck free and moved it up the ice. And I will admit, even once the tournament started, I was a bit skeptical of Jonathan Toews being picked over some players; but he has been absolutely phenomenal, both on the draw and with the quiet seven assists he has put up. And Rick Nash, well, I never thought I would say that he had an amazing game shutting down the league’s best player. I hope they put this line head to head with Hossa and Demitra tomorrow night.

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