It was playoff overtime theater at its finest. The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers are fond of choking the life out of good hockey, but Wednesday night’s triple OT thriller was one for the history books and memory banks.
Even after the 2-1 loss that wrapped up after midnight, Brooks Laich appreciated what he just went through.
“It’s a good hockey game – very tight, good hockey game,” Laich said. We weren’t able to get the goal, but no reason to hang your head or pout.”
More than 90 shots put on net combined and more than 80 blocked, it wasn’t surprising that a vast majority of the Verizon Center crowd stuck it out for most of the night. And the ratings will undoubtedly show that this, to quote Dale Hunter was good “playoff hockey.”
And fun to play in for the Caps, at least for a while.
“Any game is fun to play in playoffs,” right wing Joel Ward said. “It sucks [when] you lose. That’s just the nature of the beast.”
It was the third-longest playoff OT game in franchise history, behind only Petr Nedved winning it for the Penguins at 19:15 of the fourth overtime on April 24, 1996 and the Easter Epic, Pat LaFontaine winning it for the Islanders at 8:47 of the fourth OT on April 18, 1987
On the relieved/winning side, it was much easier to grasp the joy of the game.
“It’s a feeling where, usually, I scream because I’m so excited. I was just too tired,” Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. “I kept saying ‘Oh my God, it’s over.’ I mean, oh my God. It felt like it was never going to end. It’s a special feeling, being a goalie and playing in overtime.”