Morning Stanley Cup of Joe – May 3, 2012


NY RANGERS 2, WASHINGTON 1 (3OT); NYR leads series 2-1
Marian Gaborik scored at 14:41 of the third overtime to end the
20th-longest game in NHL history. The game began at 7:40 p.m. ET on May 2
and ended at 12:14 a.m. ET on May 3.

NASHVILLE 2, PHOENIX 0; PHX leads series 2-1
Pekka Rinne bounced back from his worst two-game stretch of the season by
making 32 saves for his first career playoff shutout.

A countdown of the night’s best moments, from Marian Gaborik’s overtime
winner to the reactions of Braden Holtby’s parents and a fearless ice girl
in Nashville.

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highlights and analysis.

Although there were only three goals, plenty of other moments highlighted
the 114:41 the Rangers and Capitals played. Washington’s Alex Ovechkin
nearly ended the game in the first overtime, but his shot rang off the post
. New York’s John Mitchell laid out to block a shot in the third overtime.
New York’s Ryan Callahan and Washington’s John Carlson each used an extra
effort to score the lone goals in regulation. And New York’s Marc Staal
lined up Ovechkin for a thunderous hit in the first period.

The closeness of the triple-overtime thriller was underscored on the stat
sheet. New York took 49 shots to Washington’s 46. The Capitals won 48
faceoffs while the Rangers claimed 46. And New York blocked 41 shots while
Washington got in the way of 40.

New York’s Marian Gaborik, who hadn’t scored since Game 1 of the team’s
opening-round series against Ottawa, picked an opportune time to tally his
second goal of the playoffs. The eight-game drought was his longest of the
year and tied for his second-longest such stretch since the beginning of
the 2004-05 season.

Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers ended a seven-game playoff overtime losing
streak that dated to 2007. Lundqvist’s seven-game slide was tied for the
longest mark of futility for any goaltender in NHL history (with Curtis
Joseph, Martin Brodeur and Andy Moog). The team’s seven-game overtime
losing streak was tied for the third-longest in League history, one shy of
the record of eight set by the Philadelphia Flyers (1996-2000) and matched
by the Calgary Flames (1991-2004).

New York’s Ryan McDonagh led all skaters with 53:17 of ice time – the most
of any NHL player since San Jose’s Brian Campbell on May 4, 2008 (56:23) –
despite being on the wrong side of a huge hit from Matt Hendricks in the
first overtime. The 22-year-old defenseman also led all skaters with eight
blocked shots.

The last three teams to lose a game in triple-overtime have bounced back to
win their respective series. Pittsburgh lost to Ottawa in Game 5 (ECQ) on
April 22, 2010, but won the series 4-2. Detroit fell to Anaheim in Game 2
(WCS) on May 3, 2009, but won the series 4-3. And the Red Wings lost to the
Penguins in Game 5 (SCF) on June 2, 2008, but bounced back to win the Cup
in the sixth game.

For the Rangers, Wednesday’s game marked the fifth-longest in team history,
longest since 1939 and first triple-overtime affair since 1971. For the
Capitals, it was the third-longest in franchise history and added to a
rather dubious record – Washington has played four games that have required
three or more overtimes, all of which have resulted in losses.

David Legwand and Mike Fisher scored in a 66-second span of the first
period to provide all of the offense Nashville needed on Wednesday.

Nine of Washington’s first 10 playoff games have been decided by one goal.
The lone goal defector? Game 1 against the Rangers, which New York won,
3-1, but was tied until the 47th minute.

“One of the greatest hockey games I’ve ever witnessed. #NYR and #Caps show
why hockey playoffs are the absolute best.” – Boomer Esiason

“So much for catching up on my sleep. #NYR #caps #tripleOT #stanleycup” –
Linda Cohn

“I love everything about this #caps #nyrangers game” – Rob Rossi

“Don’t think any playoffs has overdelivered like the NHL playoffs has so
far this year. Unbelievable.” – Darren Rovell

“We say it all the time: the Stanley Cup Playoffs are the best postseason
in sports . . . Witness the Caps’ Matt Hendricks lay out Rangers defenseman
Ryan McDonagh – doing so in a clean, safe, but brutal way – and conclude,
if you haven’t already, that sports don’t get any better than this.” –

“I can’t believe it. It’s a feeling where, usually I scream and am so
excited. I was just too tired. I was just kept saying, ‘Oh, my God, it’s
over.’ It felt like it was never going to end.” – Henrik Lundqvist

“Tonight, yeah, we replay it tonight and then tomorrow you’ve got to forget
about it because you can’t keep looking back on games. If you look back
then, you’re going to be playing in that game the next one. You’ve got to
always look forward.” – Karl Alzner

All Times Eastern
Philadelphia @ New Jersey, Game 3
series tied 1-1, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS

St. Louis @ Los Angeles, Game 3
 LA leads series 2-0, 10:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS

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nationally in the United States, on NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC and NHL
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