May 3, 2012 12:00 AM
" Marian Gaborik needed a goal.
It took almost six full periods, but he got it. Gaborik scored 14:41 into the third overtime to give the Rangers a 2-1 win and a 2-1 series lead.
The score might have wound up making you think this was the same kind of tight, pound of flesh for every inch of ice game that we saw in New York. Quite the opposite, actually, during regulation.
There were long stretches without whistles as the teams went up and down the ice with plenty of room and scoring chances waiting for them on the other end. There were also moments when both teams established control and went for the net, but the end-to-end stuff was a big difference from the other nights.
It was a thrilling change, provided you find roller coasters and other things that make you feel like you have absolutely no control over your own body. Equally thrilling was the the way that both Henrik Ludqvist and Braden Holtby made the stops to keep that fast-moving style afoot.
The first two goals of the game were hard to pin on the goaltenders "
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