Thursday, May 03, 2012

Gabby Grabs Glory, Rangers Outlast Caps, 2-1 (3OT)

The Rangers won a three overtime yawner, 2-1, over the Washington Capitals. Yawner, because the game ended at 12:14AM and Rangerland was fighting to hang in there and stay awake to see the conclusion of this epic game. The game 3 victory gives the Rangers a 2-1 series lead over their marathon DC grind house dance partners.

Mercifully Marion Gaborik slipped the game winner past Caps goalie Bradon Holtby with 5:19 remaining in the third overtime. Gabby's glory goal was set up by the ever resourceful Brad Richards, who manufactured the game winner with a well timed play off the boards with Girardi, followed up by a deft centering pass to Gabby. The Slovakian sniper, who has been hunkered down in his fox hole for eight games, finally scored his first playoff OT goal.  It happened so quick that many in the crowd at the Verizon center didn't realize for a few moments that they were going home unhappy. 

The night belonged to the goalies, Lundqvist (46 saves) and Holtby (47 saves). They both had full game shutouts if you count scoreless periods 3, 4, and 5 as one game.

No one beats the King in eight consecutive playoff OT games. No one.

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ICINGS:

Not many score sheets show a 6 for the period when the game winner was scored.

Scoring Summary:
G Per Time Str Team Goal Scorer Assist Assist
1 2 06:41 PP NYR Callahan(3) Del Zotto(4) Gaborik(5)
2 2 11:10 EV WSH Carlson(1) Semin(1) Kalzner(2)
3 6 14:41 EV NYR Gaborik(2) Richards(5) Girardi(4)
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#IronMan Ryan McDonagh played the most of any Ranger with 53:21 of ice time.

#grating Michael 'Doc' Emerick, Sam Rosen lord do we miss you. Sometime around 11:00 PM I turned the sound off and just watched the game. Three plus hours of Doc was enough.

#comingupbig Brad Richards has been involved in 44% of the Rangers post season offense.

#endingthedrought Rangers finally win an overtime game for Lundvist. Lundqvist wins first OT after 7 straight losses. Rangers improve on their shabby 31 wins in 70 playoff OTs. Rangers finally beat Caps in playoff OT after 5 straight losses.

#luckfactor Ovechkin hitting iron was a good omen

#RumpRoast Boyle blocking Rupp's shot with his keister was not a good omen.  Milbury quote that I found myself repeating, "the big men couldn't get it done."

#One4theRecordBook 2nd longest victory in NYR history. The longest win in Rangers history came way back on March 26, 1932, when Bill Cook scored at 19:32 of the third overtime to beat Montreal 4-3.
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 Rangers Win



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