The New York Rangers’ 3-1 victory over the Blue Jackets was Rick Nash’s first game back in Columbus since his trade request was granted in 2012. The fans booed him most of Friday night, save for cheering him after a video tribute during the game. Nash didn’t help matters when he got into it with fan favorite Sergei Bobrovsky, touching off a fracas.
But if you needed one moment that perfectly captured the fan angst over Nash’s return, it would be this one from the Fox Sports Ohio pregame show:
Nash said after the game that he was a little surprised that the reaction from fans was so negative. Despite, you know, having asked to leave the franchise and everything.
“It was boos right from when I grabbed the puck, but I still love the Columbus fans. I stayed true to what I say. I appreciate that, because they’re passionate and they love their hockey and I wouldn’t expect anything else,” he said.
“They gave me my standing ovation during the video. That means a lot, I’m thankful for that. They love their Blue Jackets. I thought it’d be half boos, half cheers, but it was 90 percent boos.”