Marian Gaborik landed in Columbus, providing the Blue Jackets' playoff push a nudge.
The purge in Buffalo continued, with captain Jason Pominville dealt to Minnesota on Wednesday. The talent-laden Penguins showed they weren't done dealing by acquiring forward Jussi Jokinen from Carolina.
What began as a slow day leading up to the NHL's 3 p.m. trade deadline ended with a flourish as teams continued to jockey for playoff spots with a little more than three weeks left in the lockout-shortened season. When the dust settled, 23 teams had done 17 deals involving 30 players (see complete list at nhl.com).
The Blue Jackets led the way with four trades in a bid to continue a push for their second playoff berth. Their most notable deal was getting Gaborik and defensemen Blake Parlett and Steven Delisle from the Rangers. The Rangers got forwards Derek Dorsett and Derick Brassard, defenseman John Moore and a sixth-round pick in 2014.
Gaborik, who waived his no-trade clause, was the key for Columbus, which began the day one point out of the West's final playoff spot. It wanted to boost its offense, GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. Gaborik said he was up for the challenge after a season in New York in which he wasn't scoring the way he was used to, and the Rangers are in an unexpected fight to get into the playoffs. "I didn't have fun this year," Gaborik said. "I don't think the whole team has at all, too."
The Sabres, five points out of a playoff spot, showed more signs of conceding. "The reality is that the preference was to build for a Stanley Cup versus a playoff run," GM Darcy Regier said.
Jokinen is the fourth player the Penguins added, after forwards Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow, and defenseman Doug Murray last week. The deal, for a conditional draft pick, came with Sidney Crosby's status uncertain after he broke his jaw and lost teeth when he was struck by a puck last weekend.
No-trade of the day: Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, who asked for a trade in the offseason after being supplanted by Cory Schneider as No. 1, hadn't moved when the deadline passed. "My contract (stinks)," Luongo said at a news conference. "It's a big factor in trading me. … I'd scrap it if I could right now." He has 10 years left on a 12-year, $64 million deal.
Game highlights: Three of the host Rangers' trade acquisitions powered the offense in a 6-1 win over the Penguins, who lost their second straight after winning 15 in a row. Ryane Clowe, acquired from the Sharks on Tuesday, scored his first two goals of the year and had an assist. Brassard had a goal and four points, Moore a goal.
Around the league: Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen will miss the rest of the season with a broken heel sustained trying to beat an icing call against the Capitals on Tuesday, GM Jim Rutherford said.
First—1, NYR, Boyle 2 (Richards, Brassard), 10:01 (pp). 2, NYR, McDonagh 3 (Richards, Clowe), 12:19. 3, NYR, Clowe 1 (Stepan), 14:19. Penalties—McDonagh, NYR (high-stick), 2:24; Kunitz, Pit (slash), 8:36; Del Zotto, NYR (trip), 18:11.
Second—4, NYR, Brassard 8 (Boyle, Girardi), 1:53 (pp). 5, Pit, Pa.Dupuis 18 (Bortuzzo, Morrow), 2:27. 6, NYR, Clowe 2 (Brassard, Boyle), 11:52 (pp). Penalties—Malkin, Pit (trip), 1:27; Cooke, Pit (trip), 11:18; Glass, Pit, minor-misconduct (unsportsmanlike conduct), 11:18; Asham, NYR (unsportsmanlike conduct), 11:18.
Third—7, NYR, Moore 1 (Boyle, Brassard), 9:47. Penalties—Glass, Pit, major (fight), 6:19; Asham, NYR, major (fight), 6:19; Orpik, Pit (cross-check), 12:17. Shots—Pit 6-11-10—27. NYR 10-12-17—39. PP opps—Pit 0-2; NYR 3-4. Goalies—Pit, Fleury 18-6-0 (39 shots-33 saves). NYR, Lundqvist 16-13-2 (27-26).
First—1, Mont, Emelin 3 (Pacioretty, Desharnais), 13:13. Penalties—Knuble, Phi (trip), 9:28; Timonen, Phi (hook), 16:12; B.Schenn, Phi (unsportsmn cond), 20:00.
Second—2, Phi, Couturier 3 (Fedotenko, Gagne), 4:47. 3, Phi, Gagne 3 (Lauridsen, L.Schenn), 15:43. 4, Mont, Prust 5 (Halpern, Galchenyuk), 16:29. 5, Mont, Desharnais 9 (Emelin, Pacioretty), 16:49. Penalties—Moen, Mon, major (fight), 2:13; Simmonds, Phi, major (fight), 2:13; Prust, Mon, major (fight), 2:15; Rinaldo, Phi, major (fight), 2:15; Blunden, Mon (trip), 2:18; Emelin, Mon (closing hand on puck), 19:50.
Third—6, Phi, Simmonds 12 (Gervais, Timonen), 14:54. 7, Phi, Read 10 (Gustafsson, Giroux), 16:24. 8, Phi, Voracek 15 (Read), 19:21 (en). Penalties—Galchenyuk, Mon (trip), 3:56; Eller, Mon (roughing), 4:38; Giroux, Phi (roughing), 4:38. Shots—Mont 11-4-2—17. Phila 8-12-14—34. PP opps—Mont 0 of 3; Phila 0 of 3. Goalies—Mont, Price 18-7-4 (33 shots-29 saves). Phila, Bryzgalov 16-14-3 (17-14).