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Marian Gaborik’s hat trick leads Rangers past Bruins in overtime

01.23.13 at 10:14 pm ET

Marian Gaborik completed his hat trick in overtime Wednesday night, burying the rebound of his own breakaway bid to give the Rangers a 4-3 win over the Bruins.

Gaborik also scored twice in the first period, giving the Rangers a 2-0 lead before second-period goals from Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic tied the game. Forty seconds later, however, Taylor Pyatt beat Tuukka Rask to give the Rangers the lead until Nathan Horton tied it in the third with his first goal since suffering a season-ending concussion last Jan. 22.

With the overtime loss, the Bruins fell to 2-0-1 on the season. They will return home to face the Islanders Friday at TD Garden.


Claude Julien puts the Merlot Line on the ice on the shifts following goals to keep the intensity up, but they looked like just another fourth line on the shift that followed Lucic’s game-tying goal in the second period. Shawn Thornton failed to get the puck out of the zone when given the opportunity along the boards, allowing the play that resulted in Pyatt’s goal.

– Hamilton gets a spot in both sections here. For as strong as he has played through the first three games of the season, he also could have prevented two of the five goals the team has allowed. In addition to not getting to rebound on the Jets’ first-period goal Monday, Hamilton was also caught out of position on Gaborik’s second goal of the night.


– For the second time in three games, the Bruins had to kill off a lengthy 5-on-3 against the Rangers and did so successfully. With Aaron Johnson already off for tripping, Adam McQuaid took an obvious boarding penalty on a hit on Dan Girardi, giving the Rangers a 1:13 5-on-3. Zdeno Chara, Boychuk, Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly killed it off. The B’s still have not allowed a power-play goal this season.

– It wasn’t his most impressive effort through three games, but Hamilton picked up what should be the first of many points in the NHL by firing the shot that Marchand tipped past Lundqvist. He had an earlier opportunity on the power play when he got off a slapshot from the top of the right circle that Lundqvist glove.

In the latest sign that Claude Julien has a lot of faith in the rookie, Hamilton led the Bruins with 8:01 of ice time in the first period and was also on the 5-on-4 portion of the Rangers’ third-period 5-on-3.

– Hamilton’s first career NHL point wasn’t the only thing that made the Bruins’ first goal on Wednesday significant. It was also the Bruins’ first power-play tally in 12 attempts this season. Boston went 1-for-5 on the man advantage Wednesday.

– If this is an out-of-shape Lucic, then a lot of teams probably wish they had players that were as out-of-shape. The name of the game is hustle when it comes to the 24-year-old power-forward, and thus far he’s turned in the hard work. He was relentless in front of the net on the Bruins’ second goal in the second period, his team-leading second of the season.

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