Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 5/3/12
During last night’s thrilling triple overtime win over the Capitals, the Rangers appeared to look gassed at several points through the first and second overtimes. I say “appeared” because once the third overtime rolled around, the Rangers either found a second wind, or just had more stamina and gas in the tank than the Caps, and it showed. The Rangers thoroughly dominated the third overtime, and they seemed to find another level in their game, a level that the Caps could not match. And they did this all with an incredibly short bench. Stu Bickel played just 3:42 all game, and didn’t see a shift after the first five minutes of the second period. The combination of Mike Rupp and John Mitchell didn’t see significant ice time either. In fact, they only had nine shifts a piece through the first 60 minutes. Rupp had 11 shifts in the extra 54 minutes, and Mitchell had 10 shifts. In essence, the Rangers are playing with ten forwards and five defensemen. Pretty amazing to think that even wit...
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