At a glance: The Rangers took a 2-1 series lead against the Capitals on Wednesday in a triple-overtime stunner that was decided at the 114-minute mark. Both teams had two days off to rest and re-charge following the marathon session. Can they end Game 4 in regulation? And will fatigue be a factor?
Gaborik gets boost: With the deciding goal in Game 3 -- the most dramatic moment in the series so far -- Rangers sniper Marian Gaborik recorded his fourth point in three games. The team hopes that’ll be the boost he needs; heading into Wednesday’s match, the 30-year-old was fighting an eight-game goal drought that seemed to have a crippling effect on his confidence.
O-factor: Despite 35:14 of ice time, Caps superstar Alex Ovechkin was held off the scoresheet for the second time this series. However, No. 8 did appear to regain form on Wednesday after playing a career playoff-low 13:36 in Game 2. Which Ovechkin shows up on Saturday?
Good to be king: Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist has surrendered two goals or less in seven of 10 games during the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. In five of those games, the 30-year-old Swede held opponents to one goal or less. Letting up only nine goals in the last six games, the Vezina and Hart Trophy finalist boasts a 1.31 GAA and .948 save percentage over the span. Lundqvist has made 30 or more saves in the playoffs 14 times; he has a 7-7 record with a 1.69 GAA, .948 save percentage and two shutouts during that span.
Block party: Boasting two of the best shot-blockers in the league in defensemen Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh, the Blueshirts lead the NHL with 225 blocked shots in the playoffs. Girardi (42) and McDonagh (33) rank first and second in the league, respectively.
Bickel benching: Limited to a mere 3:24 in Game 3’s marathon session, defenseman Stu Bickel's status in the Rangers lineup appears tenuous. Coach John Tortorella declined to discuss any potential changes, but it is possible Steve Eminger could replace Bickel on Saturday.