Before Gaborik scored against the Islanders on Thursday, Tortorella expanded on that thought in the Daily News saying that skating is a huge part of Gaborik’s game, “you look at Hagelin and he creates havoc with his legs. I just don’t understand why Gabby can’t do that. I know they’re a little bit different type players: Gabby is a little bit more finesse with the puck and sometimes Hags is better without the puck, he just chases it down, I understand that. But Gabby needs to bring that into his game. And he will. He will. We’ve talked about it, I think Gabby gets a little inconsistent, where he gets a little too far ahead in his game and then he can’t use his speed because he has no ice to play on. We need to rectify that. We just need to get more consistency out of him game-to-game. He can’t have a really good game and then fall off the map for two or three and that’s what we’re trying to remedy here.”
Gaborik played 20:21 on Thursday and had a goal and an assist with three shots on goal. He played just over 18 minutes in regulation and then 1:23 in OT.
On the MSG pre game show, Gaborik’s linemate on Thursday, Ryan Callahan said that Gaborik can get himself going “He is the type of guy who can get himself going. He doesn’t need players around him to do that. I just want to go in there, get pucks and get to the net.”
Gaborik only has two goals in his last eight games and both came against the Islanders. He has 25 shots in that time.