Riley Nash Gets Opportunity to Step Up with Bruins

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Riley Nash Gets Opportunity to Step Up with Bruins

March 1, 2018 6:42 pm

BOSTON, MA –  

Rick Nash was surrounded when he stood in front of his new stall in the home dressing room at TD Garden. While he talked to the media about his first home game and first goal as a member of the Boston Bruins, another player stood off to the side, largely ignored.

But the other R. Nash — that, of course, would be Riley Nash — could play nearly as big a role in the Bruins’ run down the stretch as Rick Nash. The under-the-radar forward has spent this season playing up and down the lineup. He has spent most of his time centering the third line and now finds himself up the depth chart.

With top-line center Patrice Bergeron out for at least two weeks because of a fractured right foot, Riley Nash got the first crack at replacing the irreplaceable when he skated between Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak in a 4-3 overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

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