There might be just one last chance for Marian Gaborik to make a positive impact on this Rangers season. The Capitals hold a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal with Game 5 Saturday at Washington after the Rangers blew a three-goal, third-period lead in a 4-3, double-overtime loss in Wednesday night's Game 4. Typical of Gaborik's rocky season, even when he contributed offensively with his first goal of the series and first overall since March 20, a span of 13 games, he was in the middle of the confusion that led to Jason Chimera's winner. Gaborik did not hear or see Henrik Lundqvist and poked at the puck, denying Lundqvist a chance to smother it. To be fair, the goalie needed to be vocal in calling off his teammate. "If I would have seen him, I would have let it go," Gaborik said after the Rangers' conducted an off-ice meeting Thursday. "It's hard to swallow but you just have to do it. You just have to put it behind you and take the positives from the game and go to the next game full of positive energy." The Rangers have never rallied from a 3-1 playoff deficit. In fact, in 10 of the 14 times they've been in that hole, including the last five, they have not made it past Game 5. "We'll be ready to play Saturday," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "I'll guarantee that." The Capitals, meanwhile, have blown a 3-1 series lead four times - it's only been done 23 times in NHL history - including last season against the Canadiens when they were the first top seed in league history to do so against an eighth seed. In order to have a chance, the Rangers' power play must awaken from its long slumber.
Gaffe in past for Gaborik, Rangers
Bergen Record | Apr 22