Last season was one that Marian Gaborik was far from happy with. He missed 20 games due to injury and was limited to only 22 goals and 48 points. A five-game first-round playoff ouster at the hands of the Capitals put the finishing touches on a season Gaborik had no interest in repeating 2011-12.
Using last season as motivation, Gaborik has played in all 78 games so far this season, amassing 39 goals and 73 points to date. He leads the Rangers---and ranks third in the NHL---in goals scored, while ranking 13th in the league's scoring race, leading the Rangers in that category, too.
And perhaps most importantly, Gaborik has bought into John Tortorella's defense-first system and blue-collar work ethic, helping set the lead for his teammates to follow.
Saturday morning BlueshirtsUnited.com caught up with both Gaborik and Tortorella to discuss Gaby's All Star season this year.