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Gaborik's back for New York, McDonagh too

Sunday, 03.06.2011 / 11:50 AM / News

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Gaborik's back for New York, McDonagh too
Marian Gaborik and Ryan McDonagh will return for the Rangers Sunday afternoon against the Flyers.
NEW YORK -- Desperate for goals, the New York Rangers are getting their best offensive player back in the lineup Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Marian Gaborik, who hasn't played in two weeks because of a concussion, was given a clean bill of health and will take the place of Erik Christensen in the lineup, according to coach John Tortorella. Gaborik's last game was on Feb. 20 at home against the Flyers.

Also returning after a one-game absence is rookie defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who wrenched his knee in Thursday's 3-1 home loss to the Minnesota Wild. McDonagh sat against the Ottawa Senators on Friday but will take the place of Steve Eminger on Sunday.

The Rangers are 5-10-1 in their last 16 games and have fallen from fifth place to seventh place in the Eastern Conference during that stretch. They've scored a mere 39 goals (2.6 per game) over that span.

Gaborik has done most of his damage in three games against the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs, scoring 10 of his 17 goals in those contests.

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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

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