After nearly 60 minutes of regulation, Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin provided contributions that lifted the Rangers into OT. Neither was pretty, but the result was sweet nonetheless for their team.
Richards followed up his nine game-winning goals this season with an even bigger one, tying the game with 7.6 seconds left in regulation. It was his fifth of the playoffs and took advantage Joel Ward’s double-minor with 21.3 seconds left and the Rangers down 2-1.
Ward’s high stick had split open Hagelin’s lower lip with the net empty, giving the Rangers a 6-on-4 advantage.
The wound was certainly worth it from the rookie’s point of view.
“For sure,” Hagelin said. “Anything’s worth it when you win.”
Here’s audio from Richards and Hagelin, as well as John Mitchell, who won the face-off that led to Marc Staal’s winning goal…
Brad Richards:[audio:http://lohud.com/audio/rangers/20120507 richards.MP3]
Carl Hagelin:[audio:http://lohud.com/audio/rangers/20120507 hagelin.MP3]
John Mitchell:[audio:http://lohud.com/audio/rangers/20120507 mitchell.MP3]
Brian Boyle:[audio:http://lohud.com/audio/rangers/20120507 boyle.MP3]