WASHINGTON — Marian Gaborik scored at 14:41 of the third overtime, and the New York Rangers outlasted the Washington Capitals in a 2-1 victory early Thursday morning to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Brad Richards was near the backboards before sending a pass in front to Gaborik, who ended the marathon by sliding the puck between the pads of rookie goaltender Braden Holtby.
It was Gaborik’s first goal since New York’s first playoff game against Ottawa, snapping an eight-game drought.
Henrik Lundqvist had 45 saves for New York. Holtby stopped 47 shots for the Capitals.
Early in the third overtime, Washington killed a New York power play to keep the suspense going.
The game started at 7:40 p.m. and stretched into the next day, ending at 12:14 a.m. Thursday.
PREDATORS 2, COYOTES 0
In Nashville, Tenn., Pekka Rinne made 32 saves as he returned to his dominating form, Mike Fisher scored his first goal of these playoffs, and the Nashville Predators found their rhythm with a win over Phoenix in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal series.
After giving up nine goals on the road as the Predators fell behind 2-0 in the best-of-seven matchup, Rinne was rarely challenged by the lackluster Coyotes. He helped the Predators overcome the team suspensions of forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn.