Marian Gaborik reached the 40-goal benchmark for the second time as a New York Ranger and the third time in his career as he gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the first period of the team's 2-1 loss to the Bruins Sunday.
Utilizing his two best assets -- his speed and release -- Gaborik beat Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas on a breakaway at 4:33 of the first to become the third Rangers in franchise history to record multiple 40-goal seasons for the team.
"It's impressive," goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said. "He's been outstanding all year. To score 40 goals, you can't have many weeks when you slow down. He's been consistent all year and I'm happy for him. He works hard for it."
With three games left in the regular season, Gaborik is two goals shy of his career-high mark of 42 goals, set twice in 2009-10 with the Rangers and two years prior while playing for the Minnesota Wild.
"It's how he's played this year," coach John Tortorella said. "He's been consistent all year long. And good for him. It's been a great year for him."