Mika Zibanejad's historic five-goal night propelled the Rangers to an unforgettable 6-5 overtime win over the Washington Capitals.
In a back-and-forth, playoff-type game, Zibanejad scored his first goal in the first and his second goal in the second. In the third period, Zibanejad's hat-trick goal gave the Rangers a 4-3 lead, only to be answered by Alex Ovechkin to tie the game.
Then, in the game's final two minutes Zibanejad's fourth goal, a power-play tally, once again gave the Rangers a lead, only for Ovechkin to match again.
But in overtime, just 33 seconds into the extra period, Artemi Panarin sent a beautiful lead pass through center ice, springing Zibanejad for the breakaway game-winner.
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"So that happened," Rangers head coach David Quinn said with a smile to begin his post game press conference.
"I don't understand it. I feel like I'm speechless," Zibanejad said after the game. "I don't know what else to say to you guys, I'm sorry."
The forward became the 1st Ranger since Mark Pavelich in 1983 to score five goals in a game, and is just the third Ranger to ever accomplish the feat (Don Murdoch in 1976 was the first).
"I don't know, the puck followed me today, I guess," said Zibanejad. "You look at the goals and some unbelievable plays are being made. Today I was just at the right spot at the right time, but again, I'm obviously a lot more happy that we won.
"It's a night I'll remember for a long time."
The overtime win, combined with an Islanders 4-3 loss to the Senators, keeps the Rangers just two points back of the Islanders for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
"We don't stop. We talked about it after the two Philly games and then St. Louis, we've just got to keep going," Zibanejad said. "We were on a good streak before, and it wasn't a fluke. We knew what we had to do and obviously you're not going to win every game like this, but we found a way today and that was nice."
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