ST. PAUL, Minn. Much to the chagrin of the Minnesota Wild, Marian Gaborik still knows how to make himself feel at home at the Xcel Energy Center.
In his second game back in the building he excelled in for so many years as a member of the Wild, Gaborik helped the New York Rangers stay atop the Eastern Conference with a 3-2 win.
Gaborik, Minnesota's first-ever draft pick as a new team in 2000, scored his first career goal against the Wild in his second-ever game against his old team. The Slovakian sniper, who has 321 career goals and 640 points, has now scored against every NHL team.
"It's special to come here," Gaborik said. "I had a great time here. It's always special to come in here and more special to get a win for the Rangers."
Gaborik left Minnesota in 2009 as an unrestricted free agent, going for the big dollars and the bright lights of New York. He was the last original member of the Wild when he left and is the franchise's all-time leader in goals (219), assists (218), ...