The Los Angeles Kings came out firing in the Stanley Cup Finals and jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead against a New York Rangers team that had no idea what had just hit them. But the Rangers managed to bounce back in Game 4 to avoid the series sweep and came out hard in Game 5 to start and try to come back in the series and send things back to Madison Square Garden.
New York jumped out to a 2-1 lead inside the Staples Center but things weren’t going to ended before Marian Gaborik had something to say about it. The former Ranger burned his old team with a third period goal that tied the game 2-2 at an absolutely critical moment of the game.
Gaborik was a trade deadline acquisition for the Kings and he’s so far paid off in the most meaningful of ways at the most crucial of times in Kings season. He’s been there all postseaosn long to help bail Los Angeles out of big spots and this is perhaps the most useful he’s been to the Kings all season long.
He didn’t come completely cheap, but with this Game 5 goal late in the third period, Gaborik was worth every penny the Kings paid to get him from Columbus.