The bruises always seem to hurt a little more after losses and the Capitals might be thankful they'll have two full days to recover from Wednesday night's marathon overtime loss to the New York Rangers.
Marian Gaborik ended the third-longest game in Capitals history when he scored 14:41 into the third overtime period, sending the Caps to a 2-1 loss and a 2-1 series deficit in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The two teams will rest up and return to action for Game 4 Saturday afternoon at the Verizon Center. The Capitals followed a similar script in their first-round series against the Boston Bruins and came back with wins in Games 4 and 5.
"It's tough," said Capitals left wing Matt Hendricks, who led all players with 11 hits. "You invest a lot every night, no matter what, if it's a 60-minute game or extended into overtime. When you extend into overtime, you are investing more and more and you are putting everything you've got into it. Unfortunately, we didn't win tonight, but we can't let that bother us. We just need to get prepared for the next one."
The game was an exhaustive one both physically and emotionally, especially for Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, who stopped a career-high 47-of-49 shots.
"It's a loss," he said. "It's no different than any other one. A hard-fought battle. We will be ready for the next game. It was a good game."
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