Posted: Jan 31, 2010 9:15 PM
DENVER (AP) - Marian Gaborik had his 10th career hat trick, rookie Chad Johnson made 34 saves for his first NHL win, and the New York Rangers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night.
The hat trick was Gaborik's first since he had five goals for Minnesota against the Rangers on Dec. 20, 2007. He joined the Rangers as a free agent over the summer after spending his first eight seasons in Minnesota.
Johnson was playing just his fourth career game after shuttling between the Rangers and the minors since early December. He was filling in for Henrik Lundqvist (stomach ailment) and just missed a shutout, giving up Cody McLeod's goal with 7:21 to play.
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