Grand night for Gaborik: 5 goals

Posted by Peter

Last night Marion Gaborik had a game to be remembered, a 5 goal game.

Grand night for Gaborik: 5 goals: In a game for the ages, the Wild's star scored five goals -- the most by any NHL player in 11 years -- to ignite a thrilling victory over the Rangers.

About the only thing Marian Gaborik didn't offer the 18,568 paying customers were free tickets to Saturday's game.

With the Broadway Blueshirts in town, the Wild star winger was the only player on center stage Thursday night during the Wild's 6-3 trouncing over the Rangers at Xcel Energy Center.

Showing signs of boiling over in recent weeks, Gaborik finally erupted like the Arenal Volcano. During one of those rare magical, historic evenings, Gaborik opened his big bag of tricks and came up with the NHL's greatest scoring game in almost 11 years and undeniably the greatest performance in Wild history.

Gaborik registered the franchise's first five-goal game and became the first NHLer to light the lamp five times since Detroit's Sergei Fedorov against Washington in an overtime game on Dec. 26, 1996.

"Shades of Pavel Bure," said Wild forward Mark Parrish, a former teammate of Bure's with Florida. "It was just like watching Bure in the day. I mean, Gabby was banking them in out of the air, scoring on breakaways, skating through everybody, making highlight-film goals.

"My God, he was doing it every which way tonight."