by Patrick Hoffman on 11/14/10 at 08:43 PM ET
While it was against a weak Edmonton Oilers hockey club, the New York Rangers flexed their scoring muscles in the name of Marian Gaborik in an 8-2 victory on home ice.
Gaborik had a hat trick and an assist in a game that was his coming out party for this season. Remember folks, this was really Gaborik’s fourth game of the season as he missed close to a month with a shoulder injury.
Two of Gaborik’s three goals came on breakaways where he made Oilers’ goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin look foolish. The first breakaway, he deked Khabibulin out of his pants and on the second breakaway, he ripped a shot past him to pick up his second hat trick as a Ranger.
His linemates, Alex Frolov (two goals and two assists for four points) and Erik Christensen (three assists) also had solid games for the Blueshirts in what was a dominating game. For Christensen, it was a huge game because he could potentially be the odd man out when injured captain Chris Drury comes back. However, if Christensen continues to play like he did this afternoon against the Oilers, he may make it hard for both head coach John Tortorella and general manager Glen Sather to send him down.
Of course, you can’t talk about this game and not mention the huge brawl that took place. It was something I have never experienced before while being at a game at Madison Square Garden but it was quite a sight to see. Our fearless leader Paul Kukla had a good recap of it here.
Goaltender Martin Biron picked up his second straight wins in as many games in making 19 saves. Yes, the second goal he allowed to Shawn Horcoff was terrible but other than that blemish, he was solid in picking up his third victory in five starts.
It’ll be a tough week ahead for the New York Rangers and it all begins tomorrow night with a game in Pittsburgh against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Following that game, they’ll play Wednesday night at home against the Boston Bruins and then travel to Colorado for a game against the Avalanche on Friday night before going to Minnesota to take on the Wild on Saturday night.
Hopefully, the Rangers’ didn’t waste all of their goals for the week in this afternoon’s 8-2 thrashing of the Oilers.
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