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Gaborik's OT winner lifts Rangers

The Rangers’ Rick Nash embraces Marian Gaborik after Gaborik scores in the first on his way to a hat trick against the Bruins.

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The Rangers’ Rick Nash embraces Marian Gaborik after Gaborik scores in the first on his way to a hat trick against the Bruins.

NEW YORK — Marian Gaborik scored twice in the first period and completed a hat trick 27 seconds into overtime as the Rangers overcame two blown leads and beat the Bruins 4-3 Wednesday for their first win of the season.

Gaborik broke free and outraced Andrew Ference and Johnny Boychuk down the ice. His first shot was blocked by goalie Tuukka Rask, but Gaborik batted the rebound out of the air.

The Rangers squandered leads of 2-0 in the second period and 3-2 in the third. "I love the way we responded, both in the second period and a big goal in OT," said Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who made 26 saves.

Game highlights: The Maple Leafs raced past the Penguins 5-2 in Pittsburgh's home opener but lost key forward Joffrey Lupul to a fractured arm. He was hit by a teammate's shot. Sidney Crosby and reigning league scoring champion Evgeni Malkin scored their first goals of the season for Pittsburgh.

Around the league: The first suspension of the season goes to Flyers forward Brayden Schenn, banned one game for "a reckless elbow to the head" of Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov on Tuesday. No penalty was assessed on the play. … Flyers forward Scott Hartnell, their leading goal scorer last season, is out indefinitely with a left foot injury; he was hit by a shot Tuesday. … Avalanche and former Lighting forward Steve Downie will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn ACL sustained Tuesday against the Kings. … The Sharks signed free agent center Scott Gomez to a one-year deal that ESPN reported is worth $700,000. Gomez, a 12-year veteran and two-time All-Star, had the final two years of his contract with the Canadiens bought out last week. Buyouts are new to the league in the collective bargaining agreement reached this month. … NBC's opening-day coverage Saturday — Kings- Blackhawks and Penguins-Flyers — was the league's most-watched regular-season broadcast in 14 years, excluding Winter Classics, according to final Nielsen ratings. The regional coverage was watched by 2.77 million viewers.

at Rangers 2 1 0 1 4
Bruins 0 2 1 0 3

First Period1, NYR, Gaborik 1 (Nash, Richards), 4:36. 2, NYR, Gaborik 2 (Del Zotto, Staal), 6:49. PenaltiesBoyle, NYR (tripping), 9:56; Kreider, NYR (hooking), 15:16; McQuaid, Bos, served by Thornton, minor-major (roughing, fighting), 17:31; Boyle, NYR, major (fighting), 17:31.

Second Period3, Boston, Marchand 2 (Hamilton, Peverley), 1:05 (pp). 4, Boston, Lucic 2 (Chara, Krejci), 12:24. 5, NYR, Pyatt 2 (Stepan), 13:10. PenaltiesStaal, NYR (slashing), :18; Pyatt, NYR (tripping), 5:21; Chara, Bos (high-sticking), 8:35; Rupp, NYR (roughing), 16:24.

Third Period6, Boston, Horton 1 (Campbell), 15:37. PenaltiesJohnson, Bos (tripping), 4:30; McQuaid, Bos (boarding), 5:17; Kelly, Bos (interference), 13:55; Nash, NYR (holding), 13:55; Paille, Bos (tripping), 16:10.

Overtime7, NYR, Gaborik 3, :27. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalBoston 8-10-11-0—29. NYR 11-9-11-2—33. Power-play opportunitiesBoston 1 of 5; NYR 0 of 5. GoaliesBoston, Rask 2-0-1 (33 shots-29 saves). NYR, Lundqvist 1-2-0 (29-26).

Maple Leafs 0 3 2 5
at Penguins 1 1 0 2

First Period1, Pitts, Malkin 1 (Crosby, Letang), 18:51 (pp). PenaltiesOrr, Tor, major (fighting), 5:58; Engelland, Pit, major (fighting), 5:58; Kunitz, Pit (boarding), 10:22; Gunnarsson, Tor (interference), 15:18; Komisarek, Tor (cross-checking), 17:53.

Second Period2, Tor, MacArthur 1 (Kadri, Kulemin), 3:09. 3, Tor, van Riemsdyk 1 (Kulemin, Grabovski), 6:48. 4, Pitts, Crosby 1 (Pa.Dupuis), 7:17. 5, Tor, van Riemsdyk 2, 14:34. PenaltiesPa.Dupuis, Pit (hooking), :38; Engelland, Pit (tripping), 8:45; Cooke, Pit (slashing), 9:55; Letang, Pit (boarding), 11:48; Kostka, Tor (holding stick), 15:57.

Third Period6, Tor, Grabovski 1 (Kulemin, van Riemsdyk), 5:18. 7, Tor, Bozak 2 (MacArthur, Kostka), 18:59 (pp). PenaltiesKostka, Tor (interference), 1:29; van Riemsdyk, Tor (hooking), 11:05; Kunitz, Pit (boarding), 11:51; Crosby, Pit (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:09; Pitts bench, served by Kunitz (too many men), 18:09; Malkin, Pit, game misconduct, 20:00. Shots on GoalTor 7-10-7—24. Pitts 12-11-7—30. Power-play opportunitiesTor 1 of 8; Pitts 1 of 5. GoaliesTor, Reimer 1-0-0 (30 shots-28 saves). Pitts, Fleury 1-1-0 (24-19).

Gaborik's OT winner lifts Rangers 01/23/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 11:43pm]

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