Why you don’t have to worry about Marian Gaborik

January 24, 2013, by
Gaborik goes to the net, something that's he does more and more as a Ranger

Gaborik goes to the net, something that’s he does more and more as a Ranger

This isn’t just about Marian Gaborik breaking out in the biggest of big ways with the hat trick against Boston last night. This is about his overall performance. Throughout the game Gaborik went to the net looking for chances, for scraps, and for rebounds. He wasn’t afraid to control the puck along the boards and he was clearly quick on his skates, as we’ve become accustomed to. It also wasn’t about his finishing ability, which we all know he is at a supremely high level. Well, it was about all of that, but most of all it was about his ability to take a pounding, get back up and be willing to take it again.

Throughout the Rangers 4-3 overtime win over the Bruins, Gaborik got a physical manhandling. This came mostly from his countryman, the towering Zdeno Chara. Anyone that knows anything about hockey knows when Chara hits you, you feel it.  Gaborik took what Chara had and still had plenty left in the tank to win the game for the Rangers. He fought through checks all game, including the game winning play.

Gaborik doesn’t look tentative on the puck, he doesn’t look afraid physically; it simply took him a couple of games to get up to speed – much like the majority of the roster. There’s still plenty of work left to do for the Rangers (powerplay, man coverage, line changes all spring to mind immediately) but if Gaborik’s performance – and Rick Nash’s increasingly dominant displays – are anything to by then the Rangers have finally found their way in to their season.

Gaborik and Nash are the keys to the Rangers hopes this year. They’ll be the ones that score the goals to get the Rangers where they want to be. But it all starts with health. Gaborik is healthy, he’s able to take the big physical play on the chin and he’s able to thrive despite it. That may have been the best news to come out of the Rangers first victory of the season. Rangers’ fans needn’t worry about their Slovakian sniper.

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  1. Matt Josephs says:

    Gaborik took some flack after the Penguins game but still managed five shots on goal. So long as he keeps shooting, he’ll keep scoring. That’s the bottom line.

    It’s sad though that a lot of people only notice Gaborik when he’s scoring goals. He opens up a ton of ice for his teammates, (as Rick Nash mentioned last night) and even when he’s not scoring defenses are always trying to shut him down.

    He’s also a completely different player than when he was with Minnesota, and a much more complete player. Good choice of picture for this article, as going to net is something Gaborik has done with the Rangers and rarely did with the Wild.

  2. VinceR says:

    Like the post, Chris, but allow me edit one statement:

    “Anyone that knows anything about hockey knows when Chara hit’s you, you feel it.”


    Anyone with eyesight and a basic understanding of physics knows that when Chara hits you…

  3. Dave says:

    Rust. That’s all it is/was.

  4. Seahorse says:

    i know pretty much everyone agrees that the offense has to be spread across the top 2 lines. What if torts does what he did last night, start with the superline of Richards, Gabby and Nash and get that fast start and spread out from there. I think everyone can agree getting that first goal and especially the second i had all the confidence in the world we were gonna win that game

    • VinceR says:

      I was thinking of the same last night. At least for now to help win some games and then maybe once the “spread out” lines start clicking we can go to them earlier or start with them and switch the the “money line” when needing a quick goal (like down late in the third).

    • Dave says:

      I still think they should spread the offense out, but that can only happen when everyone is rust free. It looks to be getting to that point soon.

  5. Spozo says:

    I think in general Gaborik doesn’t get the credit he deserves and I have no clue why. Only two players scored more goals than him last year and in my book that makes Him a top ten player in the NHL and I doubt he is on many of those lists.

  6. wwpd says:

    he looked more comfortable to me, i wonder how much is shaking off the rust, how much is just having more space with nash drawing attention on the other side, and how much is getting back to his accustomed side of the ice

  7. Walt says:

    When Gabby came into the NHL, he was a one way player. He learned to play defensive under Lemieux, didn’t like it, but learned just the same.

    Torts shoved it down his throat, and now Gabby is a well rounded player. Last night, on the winning goal, he showed off his after burners, and beat the Bs with speed. I took one thing away from the game last night, if your not Gabby’s shadow all night long, he will burn you.

    It reminds me of Bobby Hull, and how the Canadians would play against him, always with a shadow.

  8. ranger17 says:

    we need help on the 3rd and fourth lines . If Torts has no faith in them we will not go far with only 2 and a half lines .What is it with Torts on Bichel . What does he bring to the team . Hope they play Newbury tonight , Halpern was great on draws last year whats up with him this year can’t win any , and BR needs to win some on the PP

  9. Tim B says:

    Is anybody starting to miss Zuccarello? He would have played well on the third line as long as Kreider doesnt play.