- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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NEW YORK-- Entering the locker room after the second period with a 3-0 lead and a world of confidence, it all went south for the Rangers in the third period as they yielded three goals and the game went to overtime, where they ultimately lost 4-3 in double overtime.
Captain Chris Drury had an interesting take on the team’s third period play.
“I think we got tight all of a sudden,” Drury said. “In between the periods we talked about staying with our game. We just got away from it. We weren’t making plays, we got tight and we were on our heels.”
Added forward Brandon Dubinsky: “I thought we could have been around pucks more and been on the forecheck but it is tough to say. It was a tough game. Obviously it is a tough outcome. “
Coach John Tortorella said the Rangers gave the Capitals two free ones in the third period, turning the puck over and losing coverage on a back door play.
BOUDREAU CLEARS THE AIR: Public enemy No. 1 on this night was Washington coach Bruce Boudreau, who was serenaded with various chants throughout the night, including “Boudreau Sucks” and “Can you hear us?”. Boudreau made comments Monday saying the fans didn’t get that loud at MSG.
After the game, Boudreau tried to atone for his comments, saying he might have made a mistake
THIS AND THAT: Wednesday’s game was the ninth-longest game in Rangers history...New York is 2-5 vs. the Capitals in overtime in the playoffs...The Rangers were one second short of tying the franchise record for quickest successive goals...Dubinsky led all forwards with 33:17 of ice time...Goalie Henrik Lundqvist’s 49 saves are a playoff career high...Artem Anisimov scored his first career playoff goal...Dan Girardi played a career-high 39:45...Brian Boyle had a career-high 10 hits.