Courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
Eastern Conference Semifinals, Game 3
Verizon Center – Washington, DC
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Team Notes:– The Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 2-1, in triple overtime tonight at Verizon Center in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. The Rangers now lead the series 2-1. – Tonight’s contest marked the seventh time the Rangers skated in a game that required at least three overtime periods and, at 114:41, is the fourth longest game in franchise history. It was the longest Rangers game since Mar. 21, 1939 (119:25, 2-1 loss vs. Boston), and the second longest game resulting in a win for the Rangers all-time (Mar. 26, 1932; 119:32, 4-3 win at Montreal). – The last time the Blueshirts went into triple overtime was a 3-2 win vs. Chicago on Apr. 29, 1971, in Game 6 of their Semifinals series at Madison Square Garden. Pete Stemkowski tallied the game-winning goal at 1:29 of triple overtime to send that series into a Game 7. – According to the Elias Sports Bureau, tonight’s contest is the longest NHL game since May 4, 2008, when Dallas defeated San Jose, 2-1, at 9:03 of the fourth OT. The last NHL game that required at least three overtime periods was on Apr. 22, 2010, when Ottawa’s Matt Carkner tallied the game-winning goal at 7:06 of the third OT in a 4-3 win at Pittsburgh. – New York improved to 205-220-8 overall in postseason action, including a 91-134-6 mark on the road. The Rangers are 35-42 all-time in the third game of playoff series, with wins in each of their last three Game 3’s. – The Rangers tied the franchise record for most shots on goal in a playoff game with 49, as the Blueshirts and Capitals combined for 95 shots in the contest. The 95 shots are the most in an NHL game since Boston and Philadelphia combined for 95 shots on goal on May 2, 2011. The Blueshirts registered 22 total shots on goal after regulation which, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is the most by the Rangers in the expansion era (since 1967). The two teams combined for 39 shots in the three overtime periods, which is also a franchise record for most shots on goal after regulation. – The Blueshirts’ win ended a seven-game losing streak in overtime games during the postseason, dating back to 2007. – The Rangers tallied one goal in four power play attempts (6:45), while holding the Capitals scoreless in three shorthanded situations (5:47). New York’s power play is now 7-43 (16.3%), while their penalty kill is 31-36 (86.1%) in 10 playoff contests. – The Blueshirts were credited with 46 hits and 41 blocked shots in the contest, with 16 of 18 Rangers registering at least one hit and 14 of 18 recording at least one blocked shot.
Player Notes:– Marian Gaborik notched the game-winning goal at 14:41 of the third overtime, added a power play assist and led all skaters with seven shots on goal in 32:22 of ice time. It was his first career overtime game-winning goal in the playoffs. Gaborik has tallied an assist/point in three straight games (one goal, three assists over the span), and now ranks second on the team in playoff scoring with seven points (two goals, five assists). – Henrik Lundqvist made 45 saves to improve to 21-24 overall in postseason action, including a 10-13 mark on the road. The win was Lundqvist’s second career overtime victory in the playoffs (last – Apr. 29, 2007; 2-1 vs. Buffalo, 16:43 of 2OT). – Ryan Callahan opened the game’s scoring with a power play goal at 6:41 of the second period, registered five shots and four hits, and led all forwards with five blocked shots and a career-high, 41:52 of ice time. He is now tied for the team lead and fourth in the NHL with two power play goals in the playoffs. Callahan also leads all NHL skaters with 50 hits in the postseason, and ranks first among league forwards with 19 blocked shots. – Brad Richards tallied the primary assist on Gaborik’s overtime game-winner, registered six shots on goal and two blocked shots in 39:22 of ice time. He extended his point streak to three games (two goals, two assists over the span), and has recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last seven games. Richards leads the Rangers and is tied for fourth in the NHL in playoff scoring with nine points (four goals, five assists), and leads the league with 43 shots on goal in 10 games. – Ryan McDonagh logged a game-high, 53:21 of ice time, led all skaters with eight blocked shots, and registered four shots and three hits in the contest. He now ranks second in the NHL in blocked shots (33) and third in average ice time (28:49). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last NHL player to skate in at least 50:00 of ice time was Ryan Whitney with Pittsburgh on June 2, 2008 (50:46). McDonagh’s total ice time in tonight’s contest is the most since Brian Campbell (56:23) and Sergei Zubov (53:50) faced-off in a quadruple overtime game between San Jose and Dallas on May 4, 2008. – Dan Girardi recorded an assist on the overtime game-winner, was credited with six hits and six blocked shots, and logged 44:22 of ice time. He leads the NHL in blocked shots (42), is tied for second among league defensemen in assists (four) and third in points (five). – Michael Del Zotto registered a power play assist and logged 43:37 of ice time. He has recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in the last two games, and is now tied for second among league defensemen in assists (four) and third in points (five). – Brian Boyle was credited with a team-high, nine hits, and won a game-high, 17-31 faceoffs (55%) in 31:09 of ice time. – Marc Staal registered six hits and three blocked shots in a career-high, 49:30 of ice time.
Team Schedule:– The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Washington Capitals on Saturday, May 5, at Verizon Center (12:30 p.m.), in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup. The game will be televised live on NBC, and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.