--Defenseman Ryan McDonagh logged a crazy game-high total of 53:17 of ice time in the Rangers' 2-1 triple-overtime victory Wednesday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Washington.
"Mac is a guy, he has a mental toughness about him that has impressed us right away, when he first came to us," coach John Tortorella said. "We kept asking him, are you OK? He said he was fine, he wanted more... It's a really good experience for our young D to get through it and find a way to get a win."
--Goalie Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers had dropped their previous seven playoff overtime games since 2007 before pulling out Wednesday night's marathon.
"I think my entire body is just tired right now. I just want to lay down and relax and get a massage," Lundqvist said. "My neck is hurting. It's just a great feeling. That's the toughest thing -- it's in your head. After the fourth period I think it's all in your head. It's not so much your technique or your physique -- it's just 'how much can you push yourself?'"
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"You scream and yell and try to get off the bench and get over to the pile as fast as you can. I almost fell face-first, but that's the fun stuff. We knew they weren't going to budge, it was three overtimes. We both pushed it to the limits. But we made a great play there, got a chance, and Gabby buried it. He's a big-time player and that's a big-time play." -- Brian Boyle on Marian Gaborik's game-winning goal in triple-overtime for a 2-1 win Wednesday in Game 3 in Washington.
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