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New York Rangers Earn First Points of 2013 NHL Season Behind Marian Gaborik Hat Trick

January 23rd, 2013 at 11:59 PM
By PJ Foti

Marian Gaborik recorded the NHL's first hat trick of the season, leading the New York Rangers to a 4-3 overtime win over the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night.

The winger scored his first three goals of the season playing on a new line that also featured Ranger stars Brad Richards and Rick Nash.

The win was the first for the Blueshirts this season, who improved their record to 1-2-0, good for two points.

Gaborik got it going early, netting two of his goals early in the first period. The first — his 325th career goal — was very pretty, as he finished off an end-to-end passing play. Defenseman Michael Del Zotto passed from his own zone to center ice, where Richards swept the puck up the left boards. Nash was on the receiving end of that pass, and hit Gaborik in a 2-on-1 situation. Gaborik showed off his stick skills, hesitating long enough for Tuukka Rask to be out of position before gracefully flicking the puck top-shelf for the goal.

A little more than two minutes later, Gaborik struck again.

This time, Del Zotto took a shot from the right side that Rask was unable to handle. Gaborik was sitting in the crease, waiting for the juicy rebound, which he slapped home.

The Rangers took the 2-0 lead into the locker room after one period and fans were pleased. The effort had been lacking in the team's opening losses, but it seemed as if head coach John Tortorella sorted that out in the day of practice leading up to the game.

The good times would fade however, as Boston erased the deficit with the first two goals of the second period. Brad Marchand scored on a deflection, followed by Milan Lucic — who has now beaten Henrik Lundqvist for both his goals on the year.

Just when the momentum of the game started to swing, new Ranger Taylor Pyatt had an answer just 46 seconds after the Lucic goal. Derek Stepan took a shot at Rask, which he saved, but Pyatt was able to bury the rebound. Not long after, it seemed as if the Rangers scored again as Carl Hagelin beat Rask with a shot through traffic, but the goal was erased by a simultaneous penalty from Mike Rupp.

That no-goal proved costly as Nathan Horton lit the lamp for Boston at the start of the third period, knotting the game, 3-3.

That would set the stage for Gaborik's overtime winner, as he broke free at his blue like, outraced Andrew Ference and Johnny Boychuk down ice and was 1-on-1 with Rask. Rask made the initial save, but Gaborik stood with the puck, batting it out of midair and into the net to end the game and start a cascade of flying hats onto the ice to celebrate his 14th NHL hat trick.

Despite the loss, the Bruins (2-0-1) managed to still grab a point in this one, giving them five on the year. The Blueshirts will be back at it tomorrow, as they face off against the Philadelphia Flyers (0-0-3). Puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Brad Marchand, Brad Richards, Henrik Lundqvist, Hockey, Marian Gaborik, Michael Del Zotto, Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, New York, New York Rangers, NHL, Rick Nash, Taylor Pyatt, Tuukka Rask

One Response to “New York Rangers Earn First Points of 2013 NHL Season Behind Marian Gaborik Hat Trick”

  1.  WhiteKnuckler says:

    Gabby straight poppin bottles on that 1st goal.

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