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Nash called himself a “streaky player,” but this was something different. He hadn’t gone six games without a goal since a March 2012 slump when he was still with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Part of it is a product of a series that has featured stellar goaltending from Holtby and the Rangers‘ Henrik Lundqvist and just 23 goals through six games.

“It’s tight scoring, not a lot of chances,” Oates said. “That’s playoff hockey, and that’s part of it.”