“Lundqvist has played really unbelievable all game. He was making saves that most guys wouldn’t. You can’t let up and think something’s going in until it does,” Troy Brouwer said. “We know that if we keep pushing in waves, and we continue to get more chances and more chances, finally one’s gonna go in at some point. It was good that the guys stuck with it, and we didn’t get frustrated with it.”
McDonagh’s never-ending shift started with 4:05 gone in overtime and the Capitals’ top line pressing for a goal. The Capitals’ second line of Martin Erat, Mike Ribeiro and Brouwer extended the time in the offensive zone, forcing New York to ice the puck. A fresh third unit of Perreault, Chimera and Fehr took over, churning through another shift in the Rangers’ end until Lundqvist froze the puck.
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“We kind of get a little bit giddy, like a kid, when we get the power play,” Green said.
Ribeiro made a savvy decision to fake a shot at the top of the right circle, leaving space for Green at the top of the zone as two Rangers penalty killers went down in an attempt to block.
For as many talented players as the Capitals have on their roster, there may be no better player to have with that opportunity in overtime than Green. The 27-year-old defenseman blasted a shot that deflected off the stick of Rangers forward Derek Stepan and found the back of the net.
“He’s a big-time player. He handles the pressure well,” Karl Alzner said. “He’s calm all the time with the puck in regulation. So when it gets into overtime and guys start to get the shakes a little bit, he’s still calm Mike Green. [He] just is able to find those holes and it really is amazing.”