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Gaborik Update: Disappointing 4-2 loss for the Rangers

Marian Gaborik Update: From NBC’s NHL Extra Twitter Account:

An update on Marian Gaborik from earlier today, he left the game with a concussion.

From Earlier: In a game in which the New York Rangers outshot the Philadelphia Flyers 39-24, the Blueshirts managed to lose the game 4-2 at Madison Square Garden this afternoon.

A lot of credit has to be given to Flyers’ netminder Brian Boucher. Boucher was on top of his game in making 37 saves and was especially big in the third period when he stopped 14 of 15 Ranger shots.

With that said, however, this game was once again a perfect example of how the Blueshirts still lack some finish to their game. In the third period, Rangers’ forward Artem Anisimov could not get his stick on a cross crease pass on what could have been an easy goal.

Overall, it wasn’t a terrible game for the Blueshirts. They put plenty of pressure in the Flyers’ zone, put plenty of pucks on net but just couldn’t get the goal that mattered in the third period.

Unfortunately for the Rangers, Marian Gaborik left this game due to an undisclosed injury. While Gaborik has struggled to put the puck in the net this season, one has to wonder if he would have been able to make a difference in the third period when the Blueshirts were pushing for the equalizer.

Other than that, there is not too much to say about this game. It’s another two points gone for the Rangers as they are still two points up on the eighth place Carolina Hurricanes and four points up on the Buffalo Sabres and Atlanta Thrashers.

The Blueshirts will now get set for a big three game week (two on the road) this week with games against at the Carolina Hurricanes (Tuesday night), at the Washington Capitals (Friday night) and back at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning (Sunday afternoon). It’s another week where there are six points on the line so it will be important for the Rangers to grab as many as they can to help keep pace in the Eastern Conference standings.

Hopefully this time around, the Rangers will be able to grab more points than they did this week.

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Hank1974's avatar

The Rangers suck. I know because I have Gaborik and Lundqvist in my pool.
It’s a collection of 3rd line forwards masquerading as 1st line players. And they don’t have any true PP QB’s on their blue line either.

If it weren’t for King Henrik this team would be looking at a lottery pick.

If this team is serious about making the playoffs and doing something in them, Sather needs to get a true top-6 forward to play with Gabby (if he returns anytime soon).

Posted by Hank1974 on 02/21/11 at 10:42 AM ET

Hank1974's avatar

I should have added that I did the Rangers a favor and benched Gaborik and Lundqvist this week in my pool - which usually means instance success for those players.
So expect 3 shutout victories in a row with Gaborik pouring in 8 goals and 14 points over those 3 games.

Posted by Hank1974 on 02/21/11 at 10:44 AM ET

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