Marian Gaborik
The Rangers' Marian Gaborik unleashing a shot against the Maple Leafs' Jonas Gustavsson for his third goal of the game.Credit...Ray Stubblebine/Reuters

In the dynamic realm of hockey, the sport offers a plethora of highlights that linger in our memories. The New York Rangers, a team with a rich history, have contributed numerous moments that resonate with many fans. In this feature titled “Remember When,” we delve into some of these moments—some noteworthy, others less so.

In this particular installment of “Remember When,” we revisit the date of January 19th, 2011 when Marian Gaborik dropped a four-spot against the Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden.

A 7-0 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden presented the New York Rangers with a mix of challenges and triumphs.

Marian Gaborik, ending an eight-game scoring drought, delivered a stellar four-goal performance, marking the best individual showing by a Ranger in nearly a decade. Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves, securing his seventh shutout of the season and the 31st of his career. This accomplishment elevated him on the Rangers’ career list, surpassing John Ross Roach. Despite the achievement, Lundqvist trails Ed Giacomin with 49 shutouts and Davey Kerr with 40.

Gaborik, who led the Rangers with 42 goals the previous season, had struggled with only 11 goals in the current season. Coach John Tortorella had benched him in the game prior—a 3-2 loss to Philadelphia—due to his lack of production.

In the game against the Maple Leafs, Gaborik ended his scoring drought by deftly stick-handling past the goalie Jonas Gustavsson at 10 minutes and 55 seconds of the first period, showcasing his offensive prowess. The four-goal outburst occurred in collaboration with new linemates Artem Anisimov and Sean Avery, who contributed with four and three assists, respectively. Gaborik attributed the success to the chemistry developed with Anisimov and Avery.


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