NEWARK, N.J. — Progress on one injury front, regression on another.
There was no such good news regarding winger
Those developments were signs of a possible extended absence from the lineup. Gaborik was injured after a knee-on-knee collision with
Gaborik at first went to the bench after the collision but was in obvious discomfort. He was unable to put any weight on his left leg and needed assistance getting back to the dressing room.
The Kings will not be making an immediate call-up from their
The often-injured Gaborik had been going through a surprising run of durability, having played in every game this season. His scoring touch also had picked up of late.
He went 10 games without a goal, broke the scoring drought on Jan. 24 and had scored three goals in five games, including a first-period power-play goal on Friday against the Rangers. In all he has 12 goals and 22 points and was a minus-six in 54 games.
The move to put Gaborik on injured reserve helps with roster flexibility because goaltender
"He made some huge saves down the stretch, into overtime," Quick said. "What he's been able to do with Ontario, the season he is having, being an [AHL] All-Star, he's been playing some good hockey. . . . He played well, helped us win."
Budaj, 33, has been known throughout his
"It comes with age, with experience, too," Budaj said. "The more experience you have, the more understanding of the game you have. You grow as a person. Young guys, they're more anxious. When you get older, you get more calm, more understanding.
"You try hard to improve yourself. You know there's a certain way. When you're younger, you try to go, go, go without thinking. You have to think more and be more composed and focus on the next puck. When you let in a goal, you don't try to think about the outcome of the game."
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