Tough break for ref Rooney

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:24 PM ET

NEW YORK - The toughest break at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon was not suffered by the Washington Capitals.

No, that painful distinction went to referee Chris Rooney, who suffered a severely fractured ankle in the second period of the New York Rangers' 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of their best-of-seven playoff series.

As Rooney went to the arena's medical facilities to receive treatment, the game was delayed for several minutes while a reserve official prepared for action.

As for the Caps, they were not lamenting Brandon Dubinsky's fluke goal that gave the Rangers the victory with 1:30 remaining in regulation. Instead, coach Bruce Boudreau was more irked with the way the Rangers were bumping and thumping Caps goalie Michal Neuvirth for much of the game.

"Every time after there was something in front of the net and a scrum, they were hitting our goalie," Boudreau said. "It just got to a point, you know. (The officials) kept warning them not to do it and not to do it. They kept doing it and nothing was done so they kept doing it.

"It's pretty simple."

So is the math. If the Caps lose Game 4 on Wednesday, the series will be even at two games apiece.

"It's a hard game when you take a lot of penalties," forward Alex Ovechkin said.

Asked about Dubinsky's winner that appeared to go off his stick, Ovechkin replied: "I was just trying to reach for the puck on that last play ... The puck was in front of the net, so I was just trying to save it. It is what it is."

In four previous career playoff series that he has participated in, Ovechkin and his Caps have gone to a seventh and deciding game each time. If they continue to spend too much time in the penalty box, that could happen again.

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