Marion Gaborik, mired in an eight game slump, scored 15 minutes into the third overtime period to give the Rangers a 2-1 win in the game and the series.
Playing on home ice without suspended night owls Kostitsyn and Radulov, Nashville beat Phoenix 2-0.
For the benefit of those who went to bed too early to see Marc Bergevin being served poutine on L’Antichambre, here are some mind-blowing stats from the Caps-Rangers game:
• 21 players, including Roman Hamrlik, played more than 30 minutes
• Six played more than 40
• Ryan McDonagh – the defenceman whom the predecessor of Bergevin’s predecessor traded to the Rangers – played … wait for it … 53:17! The Canadiens’ first-round draft choice in 2007 led both teams with eight blocked shots
• The teams combined for 55 shots on goal
• The Caps had 59 hits – 11 by Matt Hendricks, including a cruncher on McDonagh
• Brian Boyle took 31 faceoffs and won 17 of them
• In a game that lasted 115 minutes, Rangers defenceman Stu Bickel played 3:24
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Some takes on Marc Bergevin:
Bergevin was emotional to the point of tears while talking, during L’Antichambre, about his Point St. Charles parents, who didn’t live to see their son become general manager of the hometown team. Check this video: Marc Bergeron: Homme de coeur