May 4, 2012 12:00 AM
" When the schedule for the Rangers-Capitals series was first released, there were some groans about an extra day off between Games 3 and 4.
You aren't going to be hearing any groans now that the day is here and the Rangers are able to take it easy instead of getting back onto the ice. Something about playing for 114:41 in Wednesday night's epic three overtime win that makes it easy to justify hitting the snooze button a couple of extra times.
Ryan McDonagh has the most reason to thank the scheduling office. McDonagh played 53 minutes on Wednesday, almost all of them against Washington's best forwards, and took a big, clean hit from Matt Hendricks in the first overtime session.
He also blocked several shots, threw checks at Caps skaters and did a little bit of everything else the Rangers needed to win the game. That made it exactly like every other Rangers game of the season, outside of the fact that it was almost twice as long with a lot more at stake than two points in the standings "
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