Rangers Strive For Five Tonight

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Rangers-Marian Gaborik: You could tell by the broad smille on his face in the postgame locker room---if not by his intense on-ice celebration after his game-winning overtime goal Thursday---that Marian Gaborik felt a huge weight lifted from his shoulders in the Rangers 2-1 win on Long Island Thursday night. It was a combination of scoring for the first time in nine games, coupled with scoring such a meaningful goal that pumped up the proud Slovak sniper so much. Gaborik is a streaky scorer and when he gets hot he can carry the team. Should he be on the cusp of one of those runs now---he has four points in his last three games (1-3-4)---while teammate Rick Nash (5-3-8 in his last four games) is also at the top of his game, the Rangers could become scary good offensively. It will be very interesting to see what kind of carryover effect last night's game-winning goal has for Gaborik against the Senators this evening.


Senators-Jakob Silfverberg: The 22 year-old rookie from Sweden has not scored since his electrifying shorthanded goal against Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers on February 21st, a game in which he recorded a career-high eight shots on goal and also scored in the shootout. Now after going pointless in his last six games, it will be curious to see if Ottawa's second-round pick in the 2009 draft will find his scoring touch again facing the Rangers. He has been receiving consistent minutes and opportunities throughout the season, though Silfverberg so far has totaled just three goals, three asists  and six points in 24 games.