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NHL: Minnesota 6, NY Rangers 3

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ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Marian Gaborik became the first NHL player in 11 seasons to score five goals Thursday, sending Minnesota to a 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers.

Gaborik also registered an assist as part of Minnesota's fourth straight win and its eighth triumph in 11 games.

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The last previous five-goal game in the NHL came from Sergei Fedorov of the Detroit Red Wings, who did so in a 5-4 overtime win over Washington the day after Christmas, 1996.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored the other Minnesota goal and Josh Harding stopped 32 shots.

The Rangers have lost three out of four.

Minnesota's six goals came on just 18 shots and all of them came against Henrik Lundqvist. He was eventually removed midway through the final period for Stephen Valiquette.

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