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January 22, 2019
by Michael Menser Dell, Editor-in-Chief
Q. Wanted to ask you about the shootout? How much time, effort, thought do you sort of put into this whole thing and the idea that you've come up with?
RICK NASH: I haven't put much thought into it yet, but, you know, I don't know. I think it will be fun to watch. It will be great for the fans. But, hopefully it will be exciting.
RICK NASH: Yeah, I mean that's what the fans are looking for. That's the idea of the shootout to just kind of try anything and make it exciting.
RICK NASH: Maybe I'll think of it after practice. Try to round something up there after practice.
RICK NASH: It was nonstop right after the game. I had tons the next morning, and for days on, buddies, friends and family calling me.
RICK NASH: Yeah, I've seen it two or three times. After the game I didn't see it until the next morning. Everyone was talking about it on the team and around the organization. But it was just a big goal at a big time.
RICK NASH: Yeah, pretty much blacked out. But it was, as I said, it was amazing how everything just went right. It was unbelievable. They missed the puck a couple of times. It just it came at a huge time.
RICK NASH: It's been great. Before he came just kind of used scoring goals, playing 13, 14 minutes a game. Now it's all different. Playing 20 minutes a game in different situations. Penalty kill. Last minutes of games, so he's been a big difference.
RICK NASH: I think you always think about it, but we had players that were put in those situations. Especially for a young guy coming in the league, you don't expect to get those privileges right away. Since he's been here, it's been good.
RICK NASH: I don't think so. I think everyone on the Blue Jackets are buying in. It's really not being unleashed. It's playing a tight defensive game. Getting your offensive chances from that. So I think the more we buy into that, the more we win.