NYR Lead Series 3 - 2
[42-32-8]
2
3
[51-24-7]
05/07/2012
FINAL OT
1 2 3 OT T
WSH 0 1 1 0 2
18 SHOTS 38
21 FACEOFFS 28
14 HITS 29
10 PIM 8
1/4 PP 2/5
5 GIVEAWAYS 7
1 TAKEAWAYS 3
25 BLOCKED SHOTS 10
       

Richards, Staal work magic as Rangers take Game 5

Monday, 05.07.2012 / 10:32 PM

2011-12 Playoff Game No. 12; Home Game No. 7 Rangers lead series 3-2
VIDEO: HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Marc Staal scored a power-play goal 1:35 into overtime after Brad Richards tied it in the dying seconds of regulation to lift the Rangers to a stunning 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Monday night.

With goalie Henrik Lundqvist pulled for an extra attacker, Washington's Joel Ward took a four-minute penalty for high-sticking Carl Hagelin with 21.3 seconds left in the third. Richards tied it on the first half of the power play with 6.6 seconds to go, and Staal won it with a drive that appeared to deflect off a Washington player before beating goalie Braden Holtby.

The top-seeded Rangers can advance to the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday in Washington.

With the crowd still buzzing over the shocking tying goal, a din that held up through the long intermission, John Mitchell won a faceoff in the Capitals' end to start the winning play. Staal corralled the puck at the right point, glided to the center of the zone, and fired the drive that set off a wild celebration on the ice and in the seats at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers mobbed each other at center ice as the crushed Capitals trudged toward the tunnel to their dressing room. Then, the New York players raised their sticks to the crowd as red, white and blue streamers cascaded down from the rooftop.

The celebration, that culminated in fireworks as the three stars of the game were announced to the crowd, seemed almost inevitable after Richards tied it.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
The final three goals of the game were tallied on the power play, including Brad Richards’ game-tying goal with 6.6 seconds remaining in regulation and Marc Staal’s game-winning goal at 1:35 of overtime.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Staal 2. Richards 3. Callahan


THE BIGGER PICTURE
You can watch hockey for a lifetime and only see a playoff game unfold this way once or twice in your life. This best-of-7 series is technically not over, but if you look through history, games like this tend to break the losing team's will to rebound from them.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Girardi (25:04)
Shots -- Gaborik (7)
Hits -- Three playres tied (4)
Blocks -- Callahan (3)
Takeaways -- Gaborik (2)
Faceoffs -- Richards, Boyle (18)

NEW YORK RANGERS' GAME 5 LINEUP VS. WASHINGTON
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Artem Anisimov Brian Boyle Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko Derek Stepan Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp John Mitchell Chris Kreider
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, Anisimov, Boyle, Callahan.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Brad Richards Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto Dan Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Ruslan Fedotenko Derek Stepan
Callahan/Prust Brian Boyle
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Anton Stralman
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