Confidence can be a dangerous factor because it may create false belief that a player is untouchable and has the ability to live on the edge without consequences. Marian Gaborik, who played just 17 games last year and 48 two seasons prior to that, has been bothered by more hip and groin injuries than you and I will ever know. Having missed merely two matches this year, Gaborik was on pace for career-highs in goals, assists and points.â†µ
The reason I use the word 'was' is due to the Slovakian's practice that was cut short today. Involved in a break-away drill, Gaborik attempted to jump over Henrik Lundqvist but instead had his right knee lacerated by the goaltender's skate causing him to limp off the ice. He received stitches, however, no x-ray or MRI was taken. There's been no mention of the possibility of his availability tomorrow against Nashville.
If Gaborik misses an extended period of time, it will hurt the Rangers and the Slovakian Olympic squad as New York's leading scorer was doing such a terrific job of avoiding injuries in game action. Now, if only he could do the same in practice. Where there's a will there's a way, and Gaborik always seems to find a way to hurt himself.