The New York Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals 2-1 in triple overtime to lead their National Hockey League playoff series by two games to one.
Marian Gaborik sent a 13-foot wristshot into the goal 14 minutes, 41 seconds into the third overtime period at Verizon Center in Washington. It was the fourth-longest game in franchise history and the longest NHL game since May 4, 2008, when Dallas beat San Jose in four overtimes.
“It felt like it was never going to end, but to win is such a special feeling,” Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who had 45 saves, told reporters. “When a game is this long, the toughest challenge is in your mind. It’s such a good feeling because we put so much effort into this game.”
The Rangers tied a team-record for shots on goal in a playoff game with 49 and ended a seven-game postseason losing streak in overtime games.
The teams reconvene at the same venue on May 5 for Game 4 in the best-of-seven second-round series.
Ryan Callahan gave the Rangers the lead 6:41 into the second period and Washington’s John Carlson tied it 4:29 later.
The top-seeded Rangers are seeking to reach the conference finals for the first time since 1997. The team won the latest of its four Stanley Cup titles in 1994.
At Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, David Legwand and Mike Fisher scored 66 seconds apart in the first period to give the Predators a 2-0 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes, who lead the series by two games to one.
The Predators host Game 4 tomorrow.
In tonight’s games, the New Jersey Devils host the Philadelphia Flyers with their series tied at 1-1, while the St. Louis Blues will look to avoid falling 3-0 down in their series against the Los Angeles Kings.
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