Rangers 3, Capitals 2
The Capitals made the Rangers earn their win, responding to each goal with one of their own. Mike Knuble’s goal to tie it at 2 in the third period was huge, as it felt like the life was sucked out of Madison Square Garden.
Would the Rangers crumble? Or would they not quit? The latter happened thanks to Brandon Dubinsky, who scored with less than two minutes left in regulation.
Game 4 is Wednesday night.
Brandon Dubinsky â€” His game-winning goal had a bit of puck luck. He made a move near the crease and let the shot go, which bounced off Karl Alzner’s shoulder and deflected off Alex Ovechkin’s stick and behind Michael Neuvirth. Dubinsky had a strong game, also assisting on Vinny Prospal’s goal that gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead and had seven hits.
Ruslan Fedotenko â€” He had the no-goal to close out the second period. In the third, with the score 1-1, he made a phenomenal defensive play, diving and extending his body and stick as much as he could to poke the puck away from Alex Ovechkin, who was skating in on Henrik Lundqvist on a 2-on-1 break with John Carlson. That was the momentum changer for the third period.
Chris Drury â€” So he only played less than 8 minutes, but he took 19 faceoffs, winning 15 of them. He may not be counted upon to contribute offensively, but he’s doing his job by winning most of his faceoffs, which can’t be overlooked.
NBC â€” When the puck went in behind Neuvirth as the final seconds ticked off, the refs called it a goal. After all, he saw the puck cross the line. But did it happen in time? According to NBC’s ticker, yes. Then it turns out that NBC didn’t have the official game clock, so the replay that everyone was seeing from home was a hair behind. To all of us, naturally, the puck crossed over the line in time. Officially, however, it did not. That’s completely inexcusable and somebody is going to need to be held accountable.
Marian Gaborik â€” He watched from the penalty box as Mike Knuble scored to tie up the game. Ineffective offensively, ineffective on the power play, only three shots on goal and the pressure on him continues to build. He did seem to be working well trying to find space to get open, but the Rangers can’t go on much longer without Gaborik doing the one thing that he’s supposed to do – score.
Brandon Dubinsky’s ‘stache â€” Ummm, what is that? Seriously. I feel like it’s a lot of work to get that creepy/porn star-looking thing on his face. He kind of looks like Luigi from Super Mario Bros. But hey, he got the game winner so I shouldn’t complain. Much.