Gaborik's Historic Night Levels Rangers

Panthers put up 5 for .500, Lightning take Leafs in final seconds
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2007 11:37 PM CST
Minnesota Wild wing Marian Gaborik, of Slovakia, salutes the crowd as the Wild defeated the New York Rangers 6-3 with Gaborik scoring five goals during the NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Thursday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Marion Gaborik was carried off the ice after scoring five goals last night, as Minnesota battered the Rangers 6-3, the AP reports. The last player to manage such an offensive bombardment in regulation was  Mario Lemieux, eleven years ago.  The loss continues the Rangers slump, in which they have won two of their last eight games. In other NHL action:

  • Toronto lost their third straight in rough fashion, as the Lightnings' Vincent Lecavalier scored the deciding goal with 41.6 seconds left in the final period to give Tampa the win, 2-1.
  • Brett McLean and four other Panthers connected with the back of the net to edge out the Hurricanes 5-4, and crawl above the .500 mark.