NYR Lead Series 2 - 1
[51-24-7]
2
1
[42-32-8]
05/02/2012
FINAL 3rd OT
1 2 3 3rd OT T
NYR 0 1 0 1 2
49 SHOTS 46
46 FACEOFFS 48
46 HITS 59
6 PIM 8
1/4 PP 0/3
10 GIVEAWAYS 27
10 TAKEAWAYS 12
41 BLOCKED SHOTS 40
       

Rangers take an epic, triple-OT victory out of Game 3

Thursday, 05.03.2012 / 12:32 AM

2011-12 Playoff Game No. 10; Road Game No. 4 Rangers lead series 2-1
VIDEO: HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
• Full Highlights | Tortorella  | Gaborik  | Callahan, McDonagh, Boyle • Lundqvist | Melrose Save of Game
GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Marian Gaborik scored at 14:41 of the third overtime, and the Rangers outlasted the Washington Capitals in a 2-1 victory early Thursday morning to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Brad Richards was near the backboards before sending a pass in front to Gaborik, who ended the marathon by sliding the puck between the pads of rookie goaltender Braden Holtby.

It was Gaborik's first goal since the Rangers' first playoff game against Ottawa, snapping an eight-game drought.

Henrik Lundqvist had 45 saves for New York. Holtby stopped 47 shots for the Capitals.

Early in the third overtime, Washington killed a New York power play to keep the suspense going.

The game started at 7:40 p.m. and stretched into the next day, ending at 12:14 a.m. Thursday. There will be a two-day break before the teams meet for Game 4 on Saturday in Washington.

It was yet another low scoring, extremely tight game for the Capitals. Nine of Washington's 10 playoff games have been decided by one goal; the exception was the Rangers' 3-1 win in the series opener.

John Carlson got a second-period goal for the Capitals, 2-3 in overtime this postseason. Ryan Callahan scored in the second period for the Rangers, who improved to 1-2 in overtime during these playoffs.

Washington had killed 27 of 30 penalties in the postseason before Callahan's goal. It was bad omen for the Capitals, who were 5-1 in the playoffs when scoring first and 0-3 when falling behind 1-0.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
It was the seventh time the Rangers played a game that required at least three OT periods and, at 114:41, is the fourth-longest game in franchise history. It was the longest Rangers game since March 21, 1939 (119:25, 2-1 loss vs. Boston), and the second longest game resulting in a win for the Rangers all-time (March 26, 1932; 119:32, 4-3 win at Montreal). It was also the longest NHL game since May 4, 2008, when Dallas defeated San Jose at 9:03 of the fourth OT.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Gaborik 2. Lundqvist 3. McDonagh


THE BIGGER PICTURE
This marathon game was all about the will to win that the Rangers have shown throughout the 2011-12 season. You need great players and great team play to win the Stanley Cup, but above all you need that will, and these Rangers are loaded with it.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- McDonagh (53:17)
Shots -- Gaborik (7)
Hits -- Boyle (9)
Blocks -- McDonagh (8)
Takeaways -- Staal, Richards (2)
Faceoffs -- Richards, Boyle (31)

NEW YORK RANGERS' GAME 3 LINEUP AT WASHINGTON
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Chris Kreider
Artem Anisimov Brian Boyle Ruslan Fedotenko
Mike Rupp John Mitchell Brandon Prust
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Callahan, Stepan, Gaborik.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Brad Richards Michael Del Zotto
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Ruslan Fedotenko Artem Anisimov
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
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