All the close games the Capitals have played this postseason prior to Wednesday night were just a precursor to the triple-overtime tilt against New York that took place at Verizon Center. It stretched into the 115th minute, saw both teams miss plenty of would-be chances, but in the end it would be the Rangers who cashed in to capture a 2-1 win and the same advantage in the series.
From behind the goal line Brad Richards fed the puck to Marian Gaborik out in front and the New York winger, who entered the contest on an eight-game scoring drought, one-timed the puck between Braden Holtby’s legs.
What makes this loss particularly painful for the Capitals was the number of opportunities they had to end the contest prior to Gaborik’s tally. Those chances included a pair of shots that went off the post – Alex Ovechkin’s shot clanked off the right post 15 minutes into the first overtime and was so close that the goal horn went off in the arena and another by Dennis Wideman 13:44 into the third overtime that went off the left post.
“That’s extremely, extremely disappointing,” Karl Alzner said. “Whenever you lose in overtime it sucks, but when you lose in triple overtime it’s even worse. We had so many chances and they either blocked it or Lundqvist came up with the save, or we hit a post. That just makes it even more frustrating.”
Another miss came 4:46 into the first overtime, when Troy Brouwer had an open look in the slot but shot just wide to the right hand side of the cage.
“Frustration. Frustration for me. I was in tight. I was trying to get it up, and it just happened to roll over my stick,” Brouwer said. “You know, I got to at least get it on net, give it a chance to go in, but other than that, we created a lot more after that. Ovi had a good chance and hit the post. [John] Carlson and Wideman in the third overtime there had real good looks and weren’t able to capitalize. We had our opportunities.”
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