May 18, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Kings right wing Marian Gaborik (12) battles for the puck with Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) in game one of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Marian Gaborik was acquired late in the season on March 5 at the trade deadline from the Columbus Blue Jackets after an injury plagued season. He sure rekindled his game with the LA Kings putting up 5 goals, 11 assists, 16 points, and a +/- of 7 during 19 games played. His presence has been counted on during the first two rounds of the NHL Playoffs also. He currently has 9 goals (league leading), 6 assists, 15 points, and a +/- of 3. Being on that 1st line paired with Anze Kopitar is his biggest asset because teams have to focus on containing them both and when they forget or misplay one of them seem to make the other team pay. Luckily the Chicago Blackhawks are built with depth and they are able to stack the 1st line using Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa to counter their attack with their defensive stick abilities and IQ of the game. Marian Gaborik was quiet in Game 1 but you can’t let up on him he is a definite goal scoring threat each night on the ice.