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Nope. After 9:24 of remarkably entertaining “bonus” hockey, Ribeiro’s goal sent Verizon Center into a tizzy.

“It was fun. It was fun for everybody, I think,” said Caps defenseman Karl Alzner, who along with Troy Brouwer was credited with an assist on Ribeiro’s goal. “It was entertaining. We’re not teams that usually play too wide-open, so we were all getting a little nervous there.”

That was the amazing thing about Friday’s overtime. It was some of the most wide-open hockey of the series. The instinct is to be cautious. The play was anything but, as each team had some good chances before Ribeiro drew it to a close.

“It was a lot of emotion out there. Everyone wants to win. You’re fighting for a goal there,” Caps center Nicklas Backstrom said. “That’s a tight game, there’s two good teams there. You have to stay calm, you just have to focus on what you’re doing out there. I think we did a good job of that.”

Holtby gave up four goals in each of the games in New York. He’s given up two in three games at Verizon. Whether he actually took a breath in overtime is debatable. He let out a lot of air when he realized Ribeiro had put it in the net.

The pace “kind of came out of nowhere,” Holtby said. “That wasn’t how the first three periods were played at all. It benefitted us, obviously.

“It’s fun to watch when both teams are battling that hard. This rink’s atmosphere really makes it 10 times better.”