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Ryan McDonagh might’ve set a Rangers record last night

May 3, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

Ryan McDonagh, Marcus Johansson

Here’s what we know: By playing 53:21 in New York’s triple-overtime win against Washington on Wednesday, Ryan McDonagh logged the most ice time of any Ranger in 25 years.

Here’s what we’re trying to figure out: Where does McDonagh’s feat rank in Blueshirt history?

Onto the facts…

— Last night’s game was the fifth-longest in Rangers franchise history. The longest took place during the 1930 playoffs when the Blueshirts dropped a 2-1 decision to Montreal in quadruple overtime.

— There have been five other triple-OT games in Rangers history:

Apr. 29, 1971 — Rangers 3, Blackhawks 2
Apr. 2, 1939 — Bruins 2, Rangers 1
Mar. 21, 1939 — Bruins 2, Rangers 1
Mar. 27, 1938 — Americans 3, Rangers 2
Mar. 26, 1932 — Rangers 4, Canadiens 3

— McDonagh’s ice time per period went like this: 8:11 (first), 10:52 (second), 9:01 (third), 9:02 (first OT), 10:56 (second OT), 5:15 (third OT).

Now, as impressive as those numbers might be, it’s tough to figure if McDonagh played more than the high-minute Rangers of the 30s. Rosters were way smaller back then — exclusive of goaltenders, teams were allowed 12-15 skaters.

It wasn’t until 1952-53 that the league upped it to 16 (at home, that is — teams still had to dress 15 on the road.)

Today, that number is 23. (Note: This is the roster size, of course. Teams can only dress 18 skaters, two goalies.)

Still, you do have to consider the Rangers only played with five defensemen last night as Stu Bickel received just 3:24 of ice time. If you want to go even further, you could say the Rangers really played with four-and-a-half — Anton Stralman played just 28 minutes, less than all of the Caps defensemen (and Rangers defenseman not named Stu Bickel.)

If you’d like to continue this enthralling debate, feel free to inundate the comments section.

For now, I’m leaving it at this: Regardless if he set a record or not, what McDonagh did last night will forever be etched in Rangers lore.

  1. biffnasty - May 3, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Insane really

  2. hagigun - May 3, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Plus he took a MONSTER check right to the chest and got up and toughed it out. Something about those MN boys, just tough as nails…well most of them anyway, No offense Paul Martin.

    • snoop0323 - May 3, 2012 at 5:04 PM

      He also blocked a shot with what looked like the palm of his left hand, got it frozen on the bench, and I don’t believe he missed a shift. all the guys who played in that game(accept for Bickel through no fault of his own) are f’n warriors, but Mac took it to the next level. That was ridiculous.

  3. spavs412 - May 3, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Crazy to think that they played 3 games in 2 days mad props to both squads

  4. challer9 - May 3, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    You can’t dress 23 players in the NHL, you can dress 20. What site am I on? ESPN?

    • Mike Halford - May 3, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      Yeah, I worded that incorrectly — meant to say what the roster sizes were (and are) and how they’ve gone from 12 to 15 to 16 to 23. Fixed. And yes, current NHL teams can only dress 18 skaters and two goalies for a 20-man total.

  5. govtminion - May 3, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    That’s insane- the guy was on the ice for nearly an entire regulation game’s worth of time. It’s a wonder he can walk today after a game like that.

  6. rpiotr01 - May 3, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    How in the world did Montreal let this guy go for Scott Gomez? Can’t believe how much he’s grown as a player in just one season.

    • hagigun - May 3, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      I saw him play in High School quite a bit. Their team won the State Title in dominating fashion. If I remember right it was 7-0 or 8-0 and the opposing team only had 8 or 9 shots all game. Granted, their team had 3-4 real good players as well.

      He had a few plays in that game, that to me, convinced me he was an easy NHLer. I remember being upset the Wild didn’t draft him. I knew he’d be solid and all, but not depended on like this. One of the commentators, Eddie O I think, said he has more to give offensively and that is true. The kid is a gifted offensive player as well. Should see that more and more in the years ahead.

      Great job Ryan. Really happy to see you playing at this level on the biggest stage.

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