Henrik Lundqvist made it through the Olympics unscathed.

               Not Marian Gaborik.

               The star right wing, who had hip flexor surgery last year and signed a $37.5- million deal last summer, had been healthy all season.

               Until February.

               Gaborik, who has 35 goals and 34 assists, went into the Olympics with a 20-stitch gash on his upper right thigh from Lundqvist's skate in practice on the 9th and despite that, the Rangers' leading scorer almost made it through the Winter Games.

                But for those of you snowbound or otherwise engaged late last last night, Gaborik suffered a lower-body injury late in the second period of Slovakia's 3-2 loss to Canada and didn't appear in the third.

                 One unofficial posting inferred that Gaborik, who has accounted for almost 25 percent of  all the Blueshirts goals this season, sustained a groin injury.  No word at this point on whether he will play tonight in the bronze medal game against Finland. I'd think it's doubtful.

                 Will try to track down more info this morning,  but even a minor setback would be a blow for the Rangers, who play the first of their final 20 regular-season games on Tuesday in Ottawa. A Rangers spokesman said he does not expect anything definitive today.

                 Gaborik, 27, missed all but 17 games last year with groin, back and hip problems.  He has three goals (two on the PP) and an assist for Slovakia.

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                 UFA Dallas G Alex Auld, on re-entry waivers, could be a useful backup for  $125,000 if he makes it up to the Rangers claim spot by noon today. Auld has a 3.00 GAA and .894 save percentage in 21 games this season. Auld, 29,  has played in 204 NHL games with the Stars, Vancouver, Florida, Boston, Ottawa and Phoenix. He has an 83-81-28 record ,a 2.78 GAA and a .904 save percentage. I think it's a good idea.