Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Marian Gaborik tallied with 5:19 remaining in the third overtime, sending the New York Rangers past Washington, 2-1, in Game 3 of this Eastern Conference semifinal from Verizon Center.
Rangers center Brad Richards gained control of the puck off a Dan Girardi wraparound to the left rear of the Washington net, and fed in front for Gaborik, who ripped a wrister home to cap the marathon contest.
The score prevented the Blueshirts from sharing a slice of dubious NHL history. New York had dropped seven straight OT playoff games, one off the league mark held by both the Flyers and Flames.
Ryan Callahan netted a second-period power-play goal for the Rangers, who snagged a 2-1 series edge.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 45 shots, while his counterpart Braden Holtby made 47 saves.
John Carlson picked up the regulation score for the Capitals, who have two days off to regroup before hosting Game 4 on Saturday afternoon.
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