Found May 01, 2012 on The Rangers Tribune:
For all of the experts out there who will only read that title and possibly the first line of this article if your attention span is willing, I am fully aware that Marian Gaborik, the team's leading scorer in the regular season, must be better in the playoffs. So, before you go into the comments section of this post and tell me that I know nothing of the sport I've watched and played since a very young age just based on the title of this article, at least do me the favor of reading the bold print there.  As for the rest of you open-minded fans, we shall proceed.  First, allow me to start by asking these questions: Did Marian Gaborik make any game-changing mistakes in Game 2 last night? Was Marian Gaborik at fault on any of the three Washington goals? Is it Marian Gaborik's fault that Henrik Lundqvist cannot play the puck if his life depended on it? Or is it Marian Gaborik's fault that Stu Bickel committed a horrendous turnover? Let's see, the first one would be a no. The second one there would also be a no. The third a no, and yeah, also a no for the fourth question.  Now, did Marian Gaborik aid the team in any way last night? Was Gaborik on the scoresheet? Did his effort and will improve from what we've seen in previous games?  Hmmm, yes, yes and, yup, yet another yes.  So now explain to me, logically, how Marian Gaborik is being pointed out as the scapegoat for the Rangers' Game 2 loss? Why is it that every Internet source and discussion forum out there is ripping Marian to shreds after last night? That game could've went either way, and if any one single player cost the the Blueshirts, it was not Marian Gaborik. If you want to point fingers, they should all be pointing at Henrik Lundqvist and Brad Richards. Lundqvist made a foolish decision to play the puck behind the net, regardless of whatever excuse he concocted after the game, and Richards took a beyond lazy penalty late in the third period immediately after his club had just finished killing off a prior offence.  But just because the team couldn't generate the tying goal in yet another well-defended outing by both clubs, the top scorer takes the heat just because he is that - the top scorer. And that's despite the fact that he made a brilliant play to set up a hugely important goal towards the end of the second period.  Look, I'll be the first to say that Marian Gaborik has not played to the level of his ability in the playoffs, and I was also quick to point out last Thursday that he looked dead scared in Game 7 of the Ottawa series. His production has been unacceptable and he must improve. But at the same time, to blame Gaborik in a loss that he was the least of the team's worries in is just ridiculous.  I bet we wouldn't be hearing so much Gabby trash talk if the Rangers would have won that game, now would we?  Point proven. 

Tough losses happen, and it isn’t anyone’s fault, including Gaborik’s

The amount of hatred throw at Marian Gaborik for the Rangers loss last night, or for any loss in general, is frighteningly disturbing. I understand the need to have a scapegoat for a loss, but picking on someone who had an assist in the game and was nowhere near invisible is just irrational. The guy isn’t Wojtek Wolski. He’s not Erik Christensen. He’s not invisible out there...

Gaborik goal wins Game 3 for Rangers

Marian Gaborik scored at 14:41 of the third overtime, and the New York Rangers outlasted the Washington Capitals in a 2-1 victory early Thursday morning to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Brad Richards was near the backboards before sending a pass in front to Gaborik, who ended the marathon by sliding the puck between the pads of rookie goaltender Braden...

Will to win fuels Gaborik, Rangers

Like the game, New York Rangers forward Marian Gaborik's playoff scoring slump extended to one, two then three overtimes. Then came a quick pass from behind the net by Mike Richards and a one-timer past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby as Gaborik ended both his eight-game goal-less streak and the longest game since 2008. "It's about will," Gaborik said...

Rangers 2, Capitals 1, 3OT

Marian Gaborik scored at 14:41 of the third overtime, and the New York Rangers outlasted the Washington Capitals in a 2-1 victory early Thursday morning to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Brad Richards was near the backboards before sending a pass in front to Gaborik, who ended the marathon by sliding the puck between the pads of rookie goaltender Braden...

Rangers' Gaborik The OT Hero, Just In Time To Not Be The Goat

Midnight had come and gone. The Rangers and Capitals, deadlocked at one for over 54 minutes of game time, were frantically searching for someone, anyone, to write their own Cinderella story as the wee hours of Wednesday night spilled over into Thursday morning. Washington goaltender Braden Holtby had done everything outside of score the winner himself, turning aside 47 Rangers shots...

Gaborik Comes Through in Triple OT

There was no doubt that going into last night’s Game 3 between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center, Blueshirts’ 41-goal scorer Marian Gaborik was having trouble putting the puck in the net. Well, that changed last night and did so in very dramatic fashion. Gaborik scored a goal in the third overtime off a nice feed from Brad Richards to give his...

Gaborik Joins OT Heroes

from Mike Vaccaro of the NY Post, Hockey fans don’t need much in the way of reference points; surnames will do just fine. There isn’t a Rangers fan who was alive on the evening of May 27, 1994, who needs anything other than the word “Matteau” to summon time, place, who they were with, what they were drinking, what they were screaming. Go back a few years. If you’re old...

Gaborik Ends Marathon OT Game

Marian Gaborik scored at the 14:41 mark of 3OT giving the Rangers a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals. The Rangers lead the series 2-1 and took the home ice advantage away from the Caps. Both teams had numerous chances to win the game in OT, but a lot of clanks were heard throughout the arena. Dennis Wideman lead the Caps in TOI with 40:42 and for the Rangers it was Ryan Mcdonagh...

Here's Marian Gaborik’s game winner in OT #3

New York Rangers 2, Washington Capitals 1, 3 overtimes. Marian Gaborik ends it. Every time you check twitter or facebook, think -- gotta check Bob's Blitz. ** Follow us on Twitter. Subscribe, or... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Fantasy Hockey Playoff ONE (5/3)

    So Marian Gaborik ended one very long game between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals.  That is the beauty of overtime in the playoffs because one second it looks likt it will never and the next, the game ends.  Gaborik was pretty much even a bit of a fantasy playoff goat with only one goal after nine games.  All seems forgiven as all it took was one...

Rangers Outlast Capitals in Third Overtime While Nashville Predators Beat Coyotes (Video)

The Capitals looked primed for another upset Wednesday night, but the Rangers would not oblige. New York and Washington battled into a third overtime before the Rangers netted the winner to go ahead in the series 2-1. The Nashville Predators also pulled their series to 2-1, catching up with the Phoenix Coyotes for their first win in the second-round matchup. Here are the recaps from...

Chris Kreider Is Really Something Special

On a team with proven All-Star performers like Henrik Lundqvist, Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal along with a well-respected captain and U.S. Olympian in Ryan Callahan, it’s surprising to think that no other Ranger may be more popular among the masses of Rangers fans right now than freshly minted rookie Chris [...]

Rangers win Triple OT Thriller

If you haven't watched any of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, then you are missing out on some of the most exciting games on Sports TV today.Wednesday nights Washington Capitals/New York Rangers game reinforced it.The Rangers fought to a draw with the Capitals for 3-periods and 2-plus overtimes. They ended up with the 2-1 win after Marian Gaborik knocked home the game winner with...

Pregame: Key Rangers Must Step Up in Game 3

The Rangers know what to expect tonight. Heading into the away arena tied, 1-1, after a disappointing loss on home ice in Game 2 is familiar territory for the Blueshirts, who were in the exact same situation a couple weeks ago in their series against the Ottawa Senators. The Capitals, after grabbing their first win in the series, have the momentum returning home to the Verizon Center...
Rangers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.