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Gaborik’s hat-trick fires Rangers

Shot-stopper Reimer spoils the party for Pittsburgh

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New York Rangers right wing Marian Gaborik battles for the puck with Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly.
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New York: Marian Gaborik scored twice in the first period and then completed his hat-trick 27 seconds into overtime as the New York Rangers overcame a pair of blown leads and beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Wednesday night for their first win of the season.

Gaborik broke free and outraced Andrew Ference and Johnny Boychuk down the ice. His first shot was blocked by goalie Tuukka Rask, but Gaborik batted the rebound out of the air to end the game.

Taylor Pyatt also scored for the Rangers (1-2), who squandered leads of 2-0 and 3-2 en route to avenging a season-opening loss at Boston on Saturday. Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves for the win.

Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic erased Boston’s 2-0 deficit in the second period, and Nathan Horton got the Bruins even again at 3 with 4:23 left in regulation.

In Pittsburgh, James van Riemsdyk scored twice, James Reimer stopped 28 shots as Toronto spoiled Pittsburgh’s home opener.

Clarke MacArthur, Mikhail Grabovski and Tyler Bozak also scored for the Maple Leafs, and Nikolai Kulemin added three assists.

Sidney Crosby and reigning NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin scored their first goals of the season for Pittsburgh, but the Penguins struggled with Toronto’s speed and failed to play with the kind of discipline that highlighted opening weekend wins over Philadelphia and the New York Rangers.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 19 shots for the Penguins but Pittsburgh couldn’t get off to their first 3-0 start in 18 years.

Steve Sullivan scored three goals, Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two goals and an assist, and Phoenix got their first win of the season.

The Coyotes were more sound defensively than in their first two games and created some good scoring chances because of it, sending 42 shots at Columbus goalie Steve Mason in his first start of the season.



Vancouver 3 Calgary 2

Toronto 5 Pittsburgh 2

N.Y. Rangers 4 Boston 3

Phoenix 5 Columbus 1