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Richards, Staal work magic as Rangers take Game 5

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Playoff Game No. 12; Home Game No. 7 Rangers lead series 3-2
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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
1st2nd3rdOTT
WSH
NYR
Scoring Summary
1st Period
10:44NYR Anton Stralman (3) ASST: Marc Staal (3), Derek Stepan (6) 1 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
08:15WSH Brooks Laich (2) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (4), Troy Brouwer (1) 1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
04:20WSH PPG - John Carlson (2) ASST: Dennis Wideman (3), Troy Brouwer (2) 2 - 1 WSH
19:52NYR PPG - Brad Richards (5) ASST: Ryan Callahan (3), Michael Del Zotto (5) 2 - 2 Tie
1st OT Period
01:35NYR PPG - Marc Staal (2) ASST: John Mitchell (1) 3 - 2 NYR
Penalty Summary
1st Period
14:31WSH Roman Hamrlik  Hi-sticking against  John Mitchell
18:13NYR Michael Del Zotto  Tripping against  Alexander Semin
2nd Period
00:38WSH Mike Green  Slashing against  Dan Girardi
04:14NYR Michael Del Zotto  Interference against  Joel Ward
12:35WSH John Carlson  Delaying Game-Puck over glass against  Brad Richards
3rd Period
02:39NYR Mike Rupp  Hooking against  Joel Ward
08:31NYR Chris Kreider  Hi-sticking against  Dennis Wideman
19:38WSH Joel Ward  Hi stick - double minor against  Carl Hagelin
1st OT Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodWSHNYR
1st417
2nd69
3rd810
OT02
Total1838
Team Stats
CategoryWSHNYR
Power Plays1/42/5
Hits1429
Faceoff Wins2128
Giveaways57
Takeaways13
Blocked Shots2510
Penalty Minutes108
  • WASHINGTON
  • NY RANGERS
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8A. OvechkinR0110019:08
19N. BackstromC0001020:25
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42J. WardR0000410:40
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74J. CarlsonD1003221:53
83J. BeagleR0000014:59
90M. JohanssonC00-10018:23
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
70B. Holtby3538.92161:30
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
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5D. GirardiD00-12025:04
8B. PrustL0010011:50
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20C. KreiderL000226:57
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24R. CallahanR01-15023:43
26R. FedotenkoL0013015:18
27R. McDonaghD00-12024:53
32A. StralmanD1011017:37
34J. MitchellC010307:34
41S. BickelD000007:07
42A. AnisimovC00-11015:31
62C. HagelinL0003015:32
71M. RuppL000125:46
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30H. Lundqvist1618.88960:16