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Ryan McDonagh might’ve set a Rangers record last night

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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.

Gostisbehere sets new rookie record in OT loss to Devils

Philadelphia Flyers' Shayne Gostisbehere reacts after scoring the first goal of his career during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Shayne Gostisbehere is the proud owner of a new rookie record.

With his goal in the third period of Saturday’s 2-1 OT loss to the Devils, the 22-year-old extended his point streak to 11 games, which is a record for rookie defensemen in the NHL.

Gostisbehere has an incredible 10 goals and 30 points in 35 games this season.

Gostisbehere’s goal tied the game at one after Devils forward Joseph Blandisi scored this beauty in the first period:

Adam Henrique added the game-winning goal in overtime.

It’s the second straight 2-1 victory for the Devils, who also beat the Oilers by the same score on Tuesday night.

The Flyers have just one win in their last five contests.

To add insult to injury, Philadelphia lost Michael Del Zotto to an upper-body injury, per GM Ron Hextall.

Here’s an updated look at the Metropolitan division standings and Wild Card race:

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After missing two games because of an illness, Panarin will return to ‘Hawks lineup

Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) celebrates after scoring an empty-net goal on an assist from Patrick Kane against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 3-1. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
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CHICAGO (AP) Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin is expected to play Saturday night against Anaheim after missing two games with an illness.

Panarin participated in Chicago’s optional morning skate, and coach Joel Quenneville says the rookie will be in the lineup against the Ducks.

The 24-year-old Panarin, who has played on Chicago’s second line with Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane for most of the season, is second on the team with 34 assists and 52 points. The Blackhawks dropped both games while he was out.

Rangers get good news on McDonagh, bad news on Nash

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Some good news/bad news for the Rangers.

Exactly one week after suffering a concussion against the Philadelphia Flyers, defenseman Ryan McDonagh returned to the ice with his teammates this morning.

The Rangers captain was wearing a non-contract jersey, but “looked good” according to coach Alain Vigneault.

McDonagh was hurt after taking a punch to the head from Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds (above).

The 26-year-old has missed each of his team’s last three games since suffering the injury.

McDonagh hasn’t been cleared for contact, but that could happen in the next few days according to Vigneault.

The news wasn’t as good for forward Rick Nash, who’s been dealing with a bone bruise in his leg.

Nash has missed each of New York last eight game’s and Vigneault admitted that he’s no longer considered day-to-day.

He’ll miss at least another week.

Video: Blandisi scores great between-the-legs goal vs. Flyers

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What a story Joseph Blandisi‘s been for the New Jersey Devils this season.

The 21-year-old played in his first NHL game on Dec. 11 and has stayed with the Devils ever since.

It took him five games to pick up his first career point, but he’s done a whole lot more damage since then.

Blandisi came into Saturday’s action with 10 points in his last 12 games and he added to that against the Flyers.

He opened the scoring with this beautiful between-the-legs goal on goalie Michal Neuvirth (top of the page).

That’s Blandisi’s fourth goal of the season.

Some Twitter reaction to the goal: