WASHINGTON — Marian Gaborik scored with 5:19 left in the third overtime Wednesday to give the Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Capitals and 2-1 series lead in the East semifinal.
It was this season's first triple-overtime game and fifth-longest game in Capitals history. They have lost all five.
Ryan Callahan scored a power-play goal 6:41 into the second to put New York ahead 1-0. Michael Del Zotto's shot from the left circle deflected off a Capital to Callahan who was alone in front and had an open net.
Washington tied it 4:29 when defenseman John Carlson skated down the ice and sent a shot off a Rangers defender. The puck came right back to Carson, who put a shot past Henrik Lundqvist.
First Period—None. Penalties—Staal, NYR (slashing), 16:32.
Second Period—1, N.Y. Rangers, Callahan 3 (Del Zotto, Gaborik), 6:41 (pp). 2, Washington, Carlson 1 (Semin, Alzner), 11:10. Penalties—Laich, Was (hooking), 5:43; Callahan, NYR (slashing), 11:50.
Third Period—None. Penalties—Knuble, Was (goaltender interference), 14:25; Richards, NYR (tripping), 16:12. First Overtime—None. Penalties—Semin, Was (tripping), 17:32. Second Overtime—None. Penalties—None. Third Overtime—3, N.Y. Rangers, Gaborik 2 (Richards, Girardi), 14:41. Penalties—Green, Was (high-sticking), 2:35. Shots on Goal—N.Y. Rangers 10-12-5-10-6-6—49. Washington 13-8-8-8-7-2—46. Power-play opportunities—N.Y. Rangers 1 of 4; Washington 0 of 3. Goalies—N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 6-4-0 (46 shots-45 saves). Washington, Holtby 5-5-0 (49-47). A—18,506 (18,398).
Rinne's shutout halves Predators' deficit
NASHVILLE — Pekka Rinne made 32 saves as he returned to his dominating form and the Predators beat the Coyotes 2-0 on Wednesday. Phoenix still leads the West semifinal 2-1.
After giving up nine goals in the first two games, Rinne, a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, was rarely challenged.
David Legwand and Fisher capitalized on mistakes to score scored 76 seconds apart midway through the first.
First Period—1, Nashville, Legwand 3 (Bourque), 8:10. 2, Nashville, Fisher 1 (S.Kostitsyn, Erat), 9:16. Penalties—Pouliot, Pho (holding stick), 5:04; Fisher, Nas (interference), 11:04; Legwand, Nas (hooking), 15:39; Morris, Pho (hooking), 17:29.
Second Period—None. Penalties—Aucoin, Pho (interference), 5:58; Morris, Pho (cross-checking), 15:18.
Third Period—None. Penalties—Morris, Pho (cross-checking), 9:38; S.Kostitsyn, Nas (hooking), 12:59; Erat, Nas (tripping), 14:18. Shots on Goal—Phoenix 10-12-10—32. Nashville 8-8-10—26. Power-play opportunities—Phoenix 0 of 4; Nashville 0 of 5. Goalies—Phoenix, M.Smith 6-3-0 (26 shots-24 saves). Nashville, Rinne 5-3-0 (32-32). A—17,113 (17,113).
Kovalchuk status: Ilya Kovalchuk, the Devils' top scorer who missed Game 2 with a lower body injury, said he feels better. But coach Peter DeBoer said the wing likely will miss tonight's Game 3.
Stamkos nominated: Lightning forward Steven Stamkos is one of three finalists for the Ted Lindsay award, given to the league MVP as voted by the players. The other finalists: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. The three also are the finalists for the Hart Trophy, the MVP as voted on by the media.
Canadiens: Marc Bergevin, the Blackhawks' assistant general manager, was hired as general manager. He also was a defenseman for 20 seasons, including the Lightning's first three starting in 1992-93. In his first act, Bergevin, who replaced the fired Pierre Gauthier, announced interim coach Randy Cunneyworth will go back to being an assistant. He did not say if Cunneyworth would be a candidate for the job and did not give a timetable for a hire.