Marian Gaborik completed the first Hat Trick of the season and Taylor Pyatt added another in a Rangers victory over the Bruins, Thursday night.
After two straight losses, New York found a way to finally break through early – with Gaborik scoring two goals in the first period to stake out an early lead and stop Tuukka Rask’s momentum.
Despite the benching of rookie phenom, Chris Kreider, and the continued ineffectiveness of Stu Bickel, the Blueshirts held on and persevered in overtime.
It looked bad for most of the game. Boston was able to come back in the waning minutes of the 3rd to tie it at three. This came at the end of many Bruins offenses in the Rangers’ zone. In what is becoming a major flaw for them, the Rangers are having a hard time getting the puck out of their zone and clearing the ice in front of the net.
Henrik Lundqvist was victimized many times because of this and despite a great effort in net, still gave up three goals.
Despite this, the winning nature of the Rangers seems to be coming back with this win. The Richards-Nash-Gaborik line may have finally come together as the Rangers have hoped and now they are poised for a nice run.
NYR will be in Philadelphia tomorrow to take on the Flyers, who could be without five starters – four via injury and one by suspension. The Flyers are already struggling and the Rangers should be able to make it two in a row.
Following on Saturday are the Maple Leafs. Despite beating the Penguins tonight, they are not considered a Cup contender and they are one of those match-ups the Rangers cannot afford to lose in this shortened season.