- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 23, 2009

SEEN AND HEARD FROM MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

NEW YORK - Faceoff for Game 4 was still nearly eight hours away, but Alex Ovechkin couldn’t wait to get on the ice Wednesday morning.

The Rangers had to be off by 11:15 a.m. and, in another example of amusing gamesmanship, a couple of assistant coaches plus an extra player stayed on until 11:14 a.m. Seconds later, Ovechkin appeared, chatting with arena personnel, inspecting the Zamboni work and then talking with Alexander Semin.

Ovechkin was the first one on the ice and the first one off so he could do his group interview.

Asked about Rangers pest Sean Avery, No. 8 said: “I remember what he last year against Martin Brodeur. He was just dancing. It’s too bad there was no music.”

At the morning skate, it was like a hockey broadcasters’ convention. Six outlets were doing the game: both local television and radio outlets, Versus and Canada’s TSN. The only station not present was Al-Jazeera.

A press release that confirms you’re in New York: A list of VIPs in the crowd and where they’re sitting. The list included Tim Robbins, Jeff Gordon, Jimmy Fallon, two models and two members of the New York Knicks.

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BY THE NUMBERS

20 Times a team has rallied from a 3-1 series deficit (out of 229).

THREE STARS

Henrik Lundqvist

Made 38 saves to give Rangers a 3-1 series lead

Paul Mara

Defenseman scored the game-winner in first period

Alex Ovechkin

Scored his first goal of the series and hit pipe halfway through third

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