NEW YORK, N.Y. – Marian Gaborik had four goals and an assist three days after being benched while Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves for his seventh shutout of the season as the New York Rangers earned a 7-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.
Just a few hours after the Rangers said scoring leader Brandon Dubinsky would be out at least three weeks because of a stress fracture in his left leg, Gaborik picked up the offensive slack.
Gaborik broke out of an eight-game goal drought with two in the first period and two more in the second for his third hat trick of the season. Brian Boyle, Ruslan Fedotenko and Mats Zuccarello also scored. Playing on a line with Gaborik, Artem Anisimov had four assists and Sean Avery added three.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP)—R.J. Umberger scored on a power play at 4:06 of overtime for Columbus.
Antoine Vermette tied it with 53 seconds left in regulation and Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason off for an extra attacker. Fedor Tyutin also scored, and Mason made 29 saves.
Cory Stillman and David Booth had first-period goals for Florida.
CALGARY (AP)—Niklas Backstrom returned from a hip injury to make 37 saves for his second shutout of the season in Minnesota’s victory over the Flames.
Backstrom, in goal for the first time since Dec. 31, has 21 career NHL shutouts.
Martin Havlat had two goals and an assist, and Mikko Koivu, John Madden, Cal Clutterbuck and Chuck Kobasew also scored. Kyle Brodziak had three assists, and Andrew Brunette added two.
Coming off victories over Vancouver on Sunday night and in Edmonton on Tuesday night with Anton Khudobin in goal, the Wild have won three straight and seven of their last 10.