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Video: Gaborik scores highlight-reel goal

Apr 23, 2014, 12:07 AM EDT

It took a while, but Marian Gaborik finally stamped his mark on the Kings-Sharks series.

The Slovakian sniper scored a beautiful tally on Wednesday night to briefly give L.A. a second period lead, cutting past Scott Hannan to fire a lethal backhand past Sharks goalie Antti Niemi:

It was Gaborik’s first goal and point in the series. The 32-year-old, acquired from Columbus at the trade deadline, had performed well for the Kings during the regular season and scored 16 points in 19 games, but had failed to replicate that success during two series-opening losses in San Jose. Gaborik came into Game 3 with a minus-1 rating and just three shots on goal, and had his ice time cut in Game 2 to a mere 13:07.

As mentioned, the Gaborik goal only gave L.A. a brief lead. Sharks rookie Matt Nieto scored his first-ever playoff goal just over a minute later to even the score at two.


  1. credible316 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:30 AM


  2. sjsharksfan11 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    That’s cute. Who won the game?

    • pirovash88 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      That’s cute, with that attitude you’d assume you’d have won a Cup by now.

  3. getadealdonealready - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    I said it when they traded for him, got a lot of thumbs down from Kings fans, but you won’t win a title with Gabby on your team. I see and understand the skill level, but there are other things going. It only way so many teams would give up on him and the hockey skills he brings to the table.

    • imleftcoast - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      I thought he was going to score the winner in OT. He was buzzing. If he’d netted that second one, he’d be a clutch performer this morning. Kings probably deserved better, but my sympathy in with Tampa this morning.

      • imleftcoast - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        If you want to complain, Voynov was terrible.

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