Riley Nash doesn't believe Bruins targeted him after David Krejci hit

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That Riley Nash was on the receiving end of a brutal hit in Game 2 was no surprise.

But if the Columbus Blue Jackets forward feels singled out, he's not letting on.

Nash was asked Tuesday if he thought the Bruins targeted him in Saturday's Game 2 after he injured Boston forward David Krejci with a big hit in Game 1 of the teams' second-round Stanley Cup Playoffs series.

"I respect those guys and think they respect our club," Nash responded, via the Columbus Post-Dispatch. "By all means, I don’t think a guy in this league is going to put a bounty on a guy’s head. ... Then this league gets into prison rules.

"... That's playoff hockey right there. There's going to be hits like that."

Intentions aside, Nash felt the full brunt of Zdeno Chara's payback hit, which sent the Blue Jackets winger to the dressing room just seconds into Game 2.

He returned to action later in Columbus' eventual overtime win, though, and apparently intends to play in Tuesday's Game 3 after insisting he didn't enter concussion protocol following Chara's hit.

Nash knows these Bruins well, having spent the past two seasons in Boston before joining the Jackets in 2018. But according to The Athletic's Joe McDonald, just because he's saying the right things doesn't mean he's cozying up to his old mates.

Puck drop in Columbus is set for 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday with series tied at one game apiece.

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