by Patrick Hoffman on 05/03/12 at 09:41 AM ET
There was no doubt that going into last night’s Game 3 between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center, Blueshirts’ 41-goal scorer Marian Gaborik was having trouble putting the puck in the net.
Well, that changed last night and did so in very dramatic fashion. Gaborik scored a goal in the third overtime off a nice feed from Brad Richards to give his hockey club the 2-1 victory and a 2-1 series lead.
For the Blueshirts, it was their first triple overtime win since 1971 when they defeated the Chicago Blackhawks at Madison Square Garden on a goal by Pete Stemkowski. The win also marked the Rangers’ first victory at the Verizon Center in the playoffs since Game 2 of 2009.
This was a game that could have gone either way. Both teams certainly played well enough to win but because Gaborik was able to come through and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was able to make one more save than Capitals’ netminder Braden Holtby, the result turned out to be in favor of the Rangers.
Speaking of Lundqvist, the Rangers’ 30-year-old netminder was terrific for his team. Lundqvist finished the game with 45 saves and made every big save that his team needed him to in order to win the hockey game.
Luckily, or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, the Rangers will not be back in action until Saturday afternoon when they hit the ice for Game 4. The team will definitely use today for rest and will utilize tomorrow to get back to business.
With a 2-1 series lead, the Rangers have a big opportunity on Saturday to take control of the series. Hopefully, they will be ready to do so and use last night’s overtime win as a confidence booster.
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