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Rangers 3, Avalanche 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Rangers 3, Avalanche 1
New York Rangers 3, Colorado Avalanche 1

DENVER (AP) - Marian Gaborik had his 10th career hat trick, rookie Chad Johnson made 34 saves for his first NHL win and the New York Rangers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night.

The hat trick was Gaborik's first since he had five goals for Minnesota against the Rangers on Dec. 20, 2007. He joined the Rangers as a free agent over the summer after spending his first eight seasons in Minnesota.

Johnson was playing just his fourth career game after shuttling between the Rangers and the minors since early December. He was filling in for Henrik Lundqvist (stomach ailment) and just missed a shutout, giving up Cody McLeod's goal with 7:21 to play.

Gaborik's first goal gave him 500 career points and his second gave him his sixth multi-goal game of the season. He has four goals in his last two games and 33 overall, the sixth time in nine NHL campaigns that he has had 30 or more.

He completed the hat trick on a breakaway with 10:43 left in the third period.

The Avalanche has lost three straight after winning six in a row.

Gaborik opened the scoring at 13:53 of the first period, beating Craig Anderson with a slap shot from the top of the right circle.

Some nifty passing led to Gaborik's second goal. Marc Staal shoveled a pass behind the net to Vinny Prospal, whose no-look backhand flip put the puck back just outside the crease, where Gaborik picked it up and knocked it past Anderson.

Gaborik leads the Rangers in goals (33), assists (32) and points (65).

NOTES: The Rangers will finish up their Western Conference swing Tuesday night against Los Angeles, their third game in four days during the trip. ... Colorado's McLeod fought the Rangers' Aaron Voros midway through the opening frame. ... The Rangers completed the ninth of their 13 back-to-backs by gaining a split. They lost 3-2 at Phoenix on Saturday night.

scoring summary
1st Period
13:53
NYR
Marian Gaborik (31) ASST: Sean Avery (15), Artem Anisimov (9)
1 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
04:57
NYR
Marian Gaborik (32) ASST: Vinny Prospal (29), Marc Staal (15)
2 - 0 NYR
3rd Period
09:17
NYR
Marian Gaborik (33) ASST: Vinny Prospal (30), Marc Staal (16)
3 - 0 NYR
12:39
COL
Cody McLeod (6) ASST: Kyle Quincey (17), Justin Mercier (1)
3 - 1 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
01:13
COL
Kyle Cumiskey  Hooking against  Sean Avery
01:13
COL
Craig Anderson  Tripping against  Brandon Dubinsky
02:53
NYR
Ryan Callahan  Hooking against  Scott Hannan
05:05
COL
Brandon Yip  Interference against  Ryan Callahan
05:21
NYR
Aaron Voros  Interference against  Scott Hannan
11:01
COL
Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Aaron Voros
11:01
NYR
Aaron Voros  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McLeod
11:29
NYR
Marian Gaborik  Interference against  Wojtek Wolski
2nd Period
00:26
COL
Wojtek Wolski  Holding against  Brandon Dubinsky
08:06
COL
Chris Durno  Hooking against  Marian Gaborik
14:47
NYR
Sean Avery  Tripping against  Ryan O'Reilly
3rd Period
00:23
NYR
Marian Gaborik  Hooking against  Paul Stastny
07:06
NYR
Vinny Prospal  Delay of game
17:56
COL
Paul Stastny  Tripping against  Ryan Callahan
goalie stats
Chad Johnson
Chad Johnson
1-2-1
SA: 35TOI: 59:45
Saves: 34EV: 29 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .971SH: 0 - 0
Craig Anderson
SA: 34TOI: 58:51
Saves: 31EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 2PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .912SH: 5 - 5
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