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Gaborik returns after missing six games

Marian Gaborik #10 of the New York Rangers

Marian Gaborik #10 of the New York Rangers skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Feb 1, 2011) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

In his first game back after missing six with concussion symptoms, Marian Gaborik played 14:18 Sunday and didn't hit the scoresheet. But he seemed pleased with his return.

"I felt pretty good," said Gaborik, who had four shots on goal and reported no symptoms after the 7-0 win over the Flyers. "So far, so good. Overall, I think it's going in the right direction." He added that his timing was a little off.

Perhaps his most noticeable play was his response after a slash from Kris Versteeg at 3:11 of the second period with the Flyers down 2-0. "I was going one-on-one, took a shot and he just tried to hit me," Gaborik said. "He wanted to get into a scrum . . . You're getting frustrated and you get some adrenaline. That's hockey."

Coach John Tortorella said the right wing "had some good scoring chances" and thought Gaborik could've gone further with Versteeg. "I'd like to see Gabby smoke him, I would," Tortorella said. "I think it would help our team. I think it would help him. Everybody talks about how he might break his hand. These top players, I think they got to do their own business. I thought Gabby stuck in there. You guys get too worked up about that. It's hockey."

Zuccarello's touch back

After failing to find the net for 19 games, Mats Zuccarello has three goals in two games after scoring twice against the Flyers. "When we're losing and I didn't produce, it was frustrating," said the rookie, one of the more creative players on the club.

Tortorella said: "Zook's a guy who's got some notoriety with his shootouts and he's given us some good minutes, but he wants to produce. All goal-scorers want to score. They can make 10 great defensive plays, but if they don't score, they don't feel complete."

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