Rick Nash has been around long enough to know that he will score another goal.

Two seasons ago, he went eight games without one for the Columbus Blue Jackets, then had an 11-game drought later in the year. He still finished that campaign with 32 goals.

Playing 75 games in 2010-11, Nash's goal tally worked out to 0.43 per contest, which is exactly his career average. Things even out over time, and the question for Nash is when time will get on his side after eight goalless games to start the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Nash and the New York Rangers find themselves 1-0 down to the Boston Bruins in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals after a 3-2 overtime loss on Thursday night. The winning goal for Boston came on a counterattack after Zdeno Chara broke up a pass intended for Nash on a 3-on-2 rush.

"He's a tough guy to play against, but at the end of the day, we didn't get the job done," Nash said of Chara on Friday. "We didn't get the goal that we needed. They stopped us. We win as a team, we lose as a team. It doesn't really matter about the individual stuff."

The bizarre thing is that, even though Chara had a goal and an assist in Game 1, the line of Nash, Derick Brassard, and Mats Zuccarello more than held its own against the 2009 Norris Trophy winner. The trio were the only New York forwards to register positive Corsi ratings on Thursday, meaning that the Rangers, with the Nash line on the ice, had more even-strength shot attempts than the Bruins. All of New York's other lines were outshot—and, in fact, they were outshot badly. With Nash on the ice, the Rangers were plus-10 Corsi; without him they were minus-23.

Nash has been the Rangers' top forward, Corsi-wise, in three of the eight playoff games. He is driving possession, but the goals simply have not come. All 28 of his shots have been saved, with another memorable attempt—off the goalpost late in the third period of a 1-0 overtime loss in Game 2 against Washington—not even counting toward that total.