Blue Jackets activate Marian Gaborik off IR list

Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Marian Gaborik (10) looks to shoot the puck with in the game against the New York Rangers at Nationwide Arena. New York Rangers win 4 to 2 over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated forward Marian Gaborik off injured reserve after he missed the past 22 games, along with the Sochi Olympics, because of a broken collarbone.

The Blue Jackets play Thursday night at New Jersey in their first game after the NHL's Olympic hiatus.

A native of Trencin, Slovakia, Gaborik has represented his country at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics but was unable to play in Sochi because of his injury.

Gaborik was hurt in a 6-3 home win over Philadelphia on Dec. 21. He has five goals and seven assists in 18 games with Columbus this season.

He has scored 40 or more goals in a season three times.