Rangers' Lundqvist had earned a win

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:36 AM ET

NEW YORK -- His face looked drained. His twitching eyes appeared fatigued. It wasn't supposed to end this way for Henrik Lundqvist.

Having stopped 49 shots, including an overtime breakaway by Alex Ovechkin, the New York Rangers goalie deserved a better fate in the 4-3 double-overtime loss to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.

Fighting leg cramps through the extra periods, Lundqvist was attempting to cover up a loose puck when it was poked away by teammate Marian Gaborik, leaving him helpless as Jason Chimera slid it into the empty net for the winner at 12:36 of the second overtime period.

"Right now it is painful," said Lundqvist. "It's just unfortunate to have that in overtime. A lot of times, that's what happens -- a quick play. Then, before you realize it, it's over."


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