NY Rangers 2, Washington 1

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
NY Rangers 51-24-2-5 27-12-0-2 24-12-2-3 W1
Washington 42-32-4-4 26-11-2-2 16-21-2-2 L1


Marian Gaborik scored 14:41 into the third overtime period as New York outlasted host Washington to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

With the teams appeared to be headed for a seventh period, Mike Richards gathered the puck below the red line and swung a pass to Gaborik. His quick shot deflected off the blade of goaltender Braden Holtby's stick and slipped between his pads to end the longest game of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

New York netminder Henrik Lundqvist stopped 45 shots to preserve the win in the Rangers' first triple-overtime game since 1971.

Holtby made 47 saves in defeat for Washington, which hosts Game 4 on Saturday.

Ryan Callahan opened the scoring on a New York power play 6:41 into the second period. A Michael Del Zotto shot from the right point caromed off the inside of Washington forward Matt Hendricks' leg and bounced right in front to Callahan, who swept it past an out-of-position Holtby.

John Carlson evened the score at 11:10. After gaining the New York blue line, Carlson momentarily lost the puck but quickly regained possession and fired a wrist shot from just inside the left circle that eluded Lundqvist on the blocker side.

Following a scoreless third period short on scoring opportunities, Washington had the first quality chance in overtime. Hendricks decked Ryan McDonagh with a clean hit before jumping on a Rangers turnover and centering the puck to Troy Brouwer, whose point-blank shot sailed wide.

Later in the frame, Ovechkin stole the puck deep in the Rangers' zone and wristed a floating shot that hit the left post behind Lundqvist and bounced out of harm's way.

The Rangers nearly prevailed just past the six-minute mark of the second overtime session, but Mike Rupp's wrist shot from the left edge of the crease deflected off teammate Brian Boyle and went over the net with Holtby caught out of position.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Rangers D Dan Girardi left the bench early in overtime after getting hit in the face by Lundqvist's goal stick. He returned moments later after being stitched up between the eyes. ... After recording a career-low 13 1/2 minutes of ice time in Game 2, Capitals F Alex Ovechkin played more than 35 minutes on Wednesday. ... Gaborik added an assist on Callahan's goal and has points in all three games of the series. ... The Rangers improved to 1-2 in overtime games so far this postseason, while the Capitals dropped to 2-3.

Top Game Performances

NY Rangers   Washington
Marian Gaborik 2 Points John Carlson 1
Marian Gaborik 1 Goals John Carlson 1
Marian Gaborik 1 Assists Karl Alzner 1
Ryan Callahan 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Henrik Lundqvist .978 Save Percentage Braden Holtby .959
Henrik Lundqvist 45 Saves Braden Holtby 47

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Rangers 49 2 1-4 3-3 6 46
Washington 46 1 0-3 3-4 8 48

Upcoming Games

  • Washington will play its next game at home against NY Rangers. The Capitals have a W/L % of .524 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • NY Rangers will play its next game on the road against Washington. The Rangers have a W/L % of .627 after a win and .613 after a loss.
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