In arguably the Rangers biggest test of the season, the Blueshirts rose up to the challenge Saturday afternoon at TD Garden and found a way to knock off the defending Stanley Cup champs 3-2 in overtime.
And leading the way was the guy who wore the Broadway Hat following the game, winger Marian Gaborik, who not only scored the game-winning goal with 3.6 seconds left in OT, but who also scored earlier in the contest to give the Rangers, at the time, a 2-1 lead.
"It certainly is nice to help the team this way," said Gaborik, who had gone seven games without a goal coming into play Saturday. "These slumps happen, but I am happy to come up with a couple of goals, and most importantly to help the team to win. Everybody contributed. Hank, again, was stellar in net, and I think everyone left everything out there."
Gaborik now has 25 goals on the season, tied for third most in the NHL, and he also now has six game-winning goals, which is tied for second most in the league.
On Saturday he fired five shots on goal while logging 18:44 of ice-time skating on an extremely effective line with Derek Stepan and rookie Carl Hagelin. This was the fifth multiple-goal game this season for Gaborik, who will be taking part in the NHL All Star Game next weekend.