Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Columbus Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash

Gretzky is calling on his veterans to "calm the waters," but also for his young stars to lift the veterans, just as Jarome Iginla, Eric Brewer, Ed Jovanovski lit a spark in 2002.

Rick Nash gets it.

"We're not finishing," said Nash, the young Columbus Blue Jackets winger who performed brilliantly for Canada at the world championships last years.
Nash was probably lumping Dany Heatley and Joe Thornton in with him as frustrated snipers. No Canadian scorer has more than three points in four games. Heatley, Shane Doan and Jarome Iginla have two goals each, all scored against Italy and Germany.
At Monday's practice, Heatley was playing on a line with Brad Richards and Kris Draper, an indication Quinn has given up on the Vincent Lecavalier-Heatley duo.
Nash and Todd Bertuzzi were flanking Thornton, Joe Sakic centered Simon Gagne and Iginla and Lecavalier was with Ryan Smyth and Martin St. Louis.
"That's our job to finish and score some goals," Nash said. "Once we do that, it takes the pressure off everybody."
In the mixed zone of Palasport Olympico, as reporters awaited Gretzky's pass through, an American writer joked that things were so bad with Gretzky's hockey team, he might now only want to accept gambling questions.

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