It was Marian Gaborik 's miscue, knocking the puck away from Henrik Lundqvist , that allowed Jason Chimera to score in the second overtime Wednesday night and put the Rangers on the brink of elimination as they head back to Washington for Game 5 against the Capitals Saturday.

It is also Gaborik who may hold the key to saving the Rangers' season. Not only did the right wing break a month-long scoring drought with his goal in Game 4, but he has unique experience when it comes to comebacks, having been part of the 2003 Minnesota Wild team that rallied, not once, but twice, from 3-1 deficits to reach the Western Conference finals.

"It was the only time in history that it was done, and we're in the same situation right now, going into Washington," Gaborik said after the Rangers practiced Friday in Greenburgh. "Anything is possible. I've experienced it, and it is doable. I have a feeling that we are capable, we can do it, and we just have to start (this) afternoon's game shift by shift. That's what we've got to do."

Gaborik had nine goals and eight assists in 18 playoff contests in 2003, including eight points in the games in which Minnesota faced elimination.

"We've just got to believe," Gaborik said. "Everybody is confident that we can do it. We just have to have a really good start, and come out with a good attitude and physical play and confidence. We can play with that team."

The Rangers were outplaying the Capitals Wednesday before letting a three-goal lead slip away in the third period. Having an extra day off between Games 4 and 5 allowed the Blueshirts to regroup before trying to mount their first-ever comeback from a 3-1 series deficit.

"I'll be honest with you, it took me until (Thursday) afternoon to swallow the loss," John Tortorella said. "That was a tough one. It was one of the tougher ones that I've been through. But once you swallow it, you puke it out. I just have such a good feeling. I feel good about our club."