by Patrick Hoffman on 12/21/11 at 12:08 PM ET
That is exactly what it was for the New York Rangers’ last night in their 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.
Marian Gaborik picked-up the game winning goal, an empty net goal and added an assist for a three point night. The game before, he picked-up another two goals and now has 19 on the season.
Gaborik looks like the player he was for the Rangers two seasons ago. The puck seems to be following him and he obviously knows how to make things happen.
Not only is he scoring goals and putting up points, he is also playing consistently well on the other side of the puck. He has made some solid defensive plays this season and backchecks a lot more than he used to.
Gaborik’s linemates are reaping the benefits of Gaborik’s strong play, especially last night against the Devils. Derek Stepan had three assists and Artem Anisimov added a goal and an assist.
With the win, the Blueshirts improved to 19-8-4 on the season. The club is fourth in the Eastern Conference with 42 points and is three points behind the first place Boston Bruins.
The team will be back in action on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Islanders, who have definitely been playing better as of late. Hopefully for the Rangers, it will be another game and another two points.
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