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Gaborik might have been playing through a shoulder injury

May 28, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Marian Gaborik #10 of the New York Rangers celebrates with teammate goalie Martin Biron #43 after Gaborik scored a goal in the second period against the Ottawa Senators in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

In 2011-12, Marian Gaborik did something he’s never done before: Play a full 82 games. On top of that, he participated in all 20 of the Rangers’ playoff contests.

That’s quite the feat for a player that missed at least 20 games in three of his previous five campaigns. However, Gaborik might have accomplished that by playing through an injury in the playoffs.

Gaborik is believed to have hurt his shoulder early in the postseason and he didn’t do anything to dispel those rumors on Monday. When asked about the possibility of requiring a procedure or medical treatment over the summer, Gaborik offered a vague and open-ended response.

“I don’t want to talk about it,” he said. “I’ll know in a few days.”

Gaborik had 41 goals in the regular season, but he wasn’t nearly as effective in Eastern Conference finals. He had just one goal and no assists in the Rangers’ six-game series against the New Jersey Devils.

  1. dumptrucked - May 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Of course he was, just like when in Minny… The guy is always hurt or conveniently hurt whenever he fails to show up when it counts

  2. stakex - May 28, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Be it an injury, or just poor performance… its a never ending story with Gaborik. Saying “Well the reason he didn’t play well is because he was injured” does little to make Rangers fans feel better. lets not forget the big fear with Gaborik is that hes injury prone, and this doesn’t help that one bit.

  3. rainyday56 - May 29, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    The number of active players playing through injury forms the majority. Of these, a significant number have injuries that are borderline debilitating or worse. You know those real stinker games you see from time to time? Fatigue? Uh uh. Most players in those dud games are too effed up to play. That’s the joke about pro sports. People spend top dollar and / or a lot of time watching cripples trying to make it look good every game.

  4. polegojim - May 29, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Whoa there Dumper and Skatex… He was 3rd on Rangers in playoff points at 11, with 5 goals, 6 assists and 10th in the league of all playoff contenders. Pretty sure he showed up.

    That said, I agree that him playing with an injury is ‘as it should be’, not an exception.

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