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Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 05/03/2012

By the numbers: Caps-Rangers Game 3

Here are some numbers and notable statistics from the Capitals’ and Rangers’ marathon three-overtime Game 3 on Wednesday night:

— It was the third longest playoff overtime game in Capitals franchise history. Here are the four longest:

* 4OT: April 24, 1996: Game 4, Eastern Conference quarterfinals against Pittsburgh. Petr Nedved scored the game winner with just 44.6 seconds remaining in the fourth overtime for a 3-2 Penguins win.

* 4OT: April 18, 1987: Game 7, Patrick Division semifinals against the New York Islanders. Pat LaFontaine scored the series winner 8:47 into the fourth overtime for a 3-2 Islanders win.

* 3OT: May 2, 2012: Game 3, Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Rangers. Marian Gaborik’s shot from out in front came at 14:41 in the third overtime to give New York a 2-1 win.

* 3OT: April 20, 2003: Game 6, Eastern Conference quarterfinals against Tampa Bay. Martin St. Louis scored 4:03 into the third overtime to give the Lightning a 2-1 win.

— All of those lengthy overtime losses came at home in Washington. And each time in the three previous series, the Capitals couldn’t recover from the marathon loss and went on to be eliminated from the postseason.

— For the Rangers, this marked the fifth longest game in franchise history, with those ahead all coming in the 1930s. It was New York’s longest game since March 21, 1939, when they lost, 2-1, to Boston after 119:25 minutes of play. It was also the first time the Rangers had been to triple overtime since April 29, 1971.

— This was the first triple-overtime game in the NHL since April 22, 2010, between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators. It was also the longest NHL game since May 4, 2008, when the Dallas Stars earned a 2-1 win 9:08 into the fourth overtime against San Jose.

— In the context of this postseason, Wednesday’s contest marked the fifth time in 10 games that the Capitals have required overtime and the ninth time that a game has been decided by one goal. Washington is 2-3 in overtime in these playoffs.

— The dramatic win for the Rangers was their first playoff victory at Verizon Center in their past six tries, a streak that dated back to Game 2 of the 2009 Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

More on the Capitals:

On Hockey: These Caps are mentally tough enough

Summary: Rangers 2, Capitals 1 (3 OT)

Hamilton: Long night ends in disappointment

Interactive: Capitals shot chart

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