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Gaborik scores twice, leaves early in Rangers' win

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

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Gaborik scores twice, leaves early in Rangers' win
Phoenix Coyotes 2, New York Rangers 5


NEW YORK
-- The Rangers' Marian Gaborik left the game in the third period with an obvious limp, but not before he put a hurting on the Phoenix Coyotes.
 
The sniper scored his League-leading ninth and 10th goals of the season, and the Rangers built a 4-0 lead before coming away with a 5-2 win against the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday at Madison Square Garden.
 
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Rangers (8-3-1), while the Coyotes (6-4-0) have lost two in a row after winning six of their first eight to open the season.
 
Gaborik also added an assist and has 18 points in 11 games after agreeing to a five-year, $33.5 million deal with the Rangers during the offseason. However, his night was cut short with a lower-body injury he didn't think was too serious following the game.
 
"It's nothing related to my groin or hip or torso," Gaborik said after the game, referring to body parts he's had injury problems with in the past. "We'll see how everything is in the morning. I collided with one of their players, but it's nothing major."
 
The Rangers were able to send him to the locker room with about five minutes left in the game without worrying about the outcome thanks mostly to another supreme effort from the 27-year-old Slovak star.
 
With the Rangers up 1-0 on Artem Anisimov's third goal of the season, Gaborik pushed the lead to 2-0 with a power-play goal at 13:09 of the first period. Brandon Dubinsky gained the Coyotes zone and skated down the left wing. He circled behind the net and hit a streaking Gaborik in the slot for a one-time goal.
 
"I just got my head up as I came around the net there," Dubinsky said. "He's one of those guys that just finds a way to get open and to put himself in a good position to score goals."
 
Vinny Prospal put the Rangers ahead 3-0 thanks to a nice setup by Gaborik at 6:05 of the second period. Less than two minutes later, Prospal returned the favor on the power play.
 
Prospal carried the puck into the slot, drawing a host of Coyotes defenders to him. That left Gaborik open for a one-timer on his off-wing, which he ripped into a small opening over the catching glove of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to make it 4-0.
 
Gaborik's three-point night left Dubinsky in awe of his teammate.
 
"There's a handful of players in this league that are dangerous and they're scary every time they have the puck," Dubinsky said. "It's just nice to have a guy like that on our team that every time he has the puck, you know something can happen. He's just dangerous no matter where he is with the puck.
 
"You say that with (Alex) Ovechkin and (Sidney) Crosby and with some of these top players in our League. He's definitely one of those guys."
 
It was also a sweet night for Rangers right wing Enver Lisin. Facing his former team for the first time, he scored midway through the third period to put away what had become a close game and cap a two-point night.
 

"There's a handful of players in this league that are dangerous and they're scary every time they have the puck.  It's just nice to have a guy like that on our team that every time he has the puck, you know something can happen. He's just dangerous no matter where he is with the puck."
-- Brandon Dubinsky on Marian Gaborik

Playing on the Rangers' top line with the talented Gaborik and Prospal, the 23-year-old native of Moscow is showing he's got offensive ability, too.
 
"You can tell, it is an offensive guy playing with offensive players," Tortorella said. "Lis is a talented player and he is getting better and better at the other part of the game, away from the puck. He is certainly showing a willingness to hit, get hit, to make a play."
 
After Gaborik's second goal of the night that made it 4-0, Coyotes coach Dave Tippett pulled Bryzgalov at the 12:09 mark of the second period in favor of former Rangers goalie Jason LaBarbera. It was the worst start of the year for Bryzgalov, who entered the night with a 1.60 goals-against average but could only stop 7 of 11 shots.
 
The move seemed to light a fire under the Coyotes. Defenseman Ed Jovanovski beat Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist just over three minutes later to get the Coyotes on the board. Vernon Fiddler went to the roof to put the puck past Lundqvist and score a short-handed goal with 49 seconds left in the period and suddenly make it a 4-2 game.
 
Tortorella was disappointed with the mental lapse by his team.
 
"The score at the end of the second period, that is something we know we don't want to happen," Tortorella said. "It's something we have to learn as far as situational play and situational awareness."
 
It also helps when you have one of the game's best players in Gaborik to help offset some defensive mistakes. While Dubinsky was comparing him to Ovechkin and Crosby, Lundqvist was reminded of another player when he watches Gaborik.
 
"I think it's pretty obvious what he adds to the team. He adds a different level that we haven't had since (Jaromir) Jagr," Lundqvist said.
 
As long as Gaborik stays healthy, there's no reason to think he can't continue his dominant ways.

-- Dave Lozo, NHL.com

scoring summary
1st Period
02:31
NYR
Artem Anisimov (3) ASST: Brian Boyle (1), Donald Brashear (1)
1 - 0 NYR
13:09
NYR
PPG - Marian Gaborik (9) ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (6), Ales Kotalik (7)
2 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
06:05
NYR
Vinny Prospal (4) ASST: Marian Gaborik (8), Enver Lisin (5)
3 - 0 NYR
07:46
NYR
PPG - Marian Gaborik (10) ASST: Vinny Prospal (11), Michael Del Zotto (7)
4 - 0 NYR
15:47
PHX
Ed Jovanovski (4) ASST: Shane Doan (7), Daniel Winnik (2)
4 - 1 NYR
19:19
PHX
SHG - Vernon Fiddler (1) ASST: Daniel Winnik (3), Ed Jovanovski (5)
4 - 2 NYR
3rd Period
11:47
NYR
Enver Lisin (3) ASST: Vinny Prospal (12), Michael Del Zotto (8)
5 - 2 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
11:10
PHX
Martin Hanzal  Holding the stick against  Marian Gaborik
11:40
NYR
Vinny Prospal  Boarding against  Zbynek Michalek
12:16
PHX
Matthew Lombardi  Hooking against  Marc Staal
18:47
NYR
Sean Avery  Slashing against  Daniel Winnik
2nd Period
01:24
PHX
Sami Lepisto  Tripping against  Brandon Dubinsky
06:49
PHX
Adrian Aucoin  Tripping against  Matt Gilroy
11:52
NYR
Ales Kotalik  Holding the stick against  Scottie Upshall
18:09
PHX
Zbynek Michalek  Hooking against  Chris Higgins
3rd Period
00:06
NYR
Dan Girardi  Tripping against  Martin Hanzal
15:05
NYR
Chris Drury  Slashing against  Matthew Lombardi
19:12
NYR
Donald Brashear  Tripping against  Lauri Korpikoski
goalie stats
Jason LaBarbera
SA: 13TOI: 32:09
Saves: 12EV: 10 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .923SH: 2 - 2
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 11TOI: 27:46
Saves: 7EV: 5 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .636SH: 0 - 0
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .938SH: 0 - 1