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 and start a cascade of flying hats onto the ice to celebrate his 14th NHL hat trick.
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.
It was Horton's first goal in more than a year as he was sidelined by a concussion last January until the NHL resumed last weekend. The Bruins fell to 2-0-1 in their first road game of the season.
Gaborik scored his first three goals of the young season while playing on a new top line with star forwards Rick Nash and Brad Richards. Rangers coach John Tortorella said before the game that this trio makes the club's offensive attack unbalanced, but he could hardly quibble with the instant results.
After a poor first period, the Bruins controlled
Boston clamped down on defense, too, and turned an 11-4 shots disadvantage into a 13-11 lead before New York put its first puck in on Rask with 11:54 left in the second. That broke a stretch of 14 minutes, 14 seconds between Rangers shots.
Still, Boston kept the pressure on Lundqvist, and the Bruins got to him again after the Rangers left Lucic all alone in front of the crease. Defenseman Zdeno Chara found him there with a pass, and Lucic fired a hard forehand in on Lundqvist that was blocked. The rebound, however, came right back to Lucic, who smacked the puck in with a second swipe to tie it at 12:24.