LA Kings place winger Marian Gaborik on IR with lower-body injury

The Kings placed winger Marian Gaborik on injured reserve Saturday after he suffered what the team called a lower-body injury during a 5-4 overtime victory Friday over the Rangers in New York.

Gaborik was hurt during a first-period collision with the Rangers’ Dominic Moore and needed help getting to the dressing room with what appeared to be a left leg injury.

There is no timetable for his return to the lineup. The Kings on Saturday sent him back to Los Angeles to be examined further.

Gaborik, who turns 34 on Sunday, had 12 goals and 22 points in 54 games this season. He has 386 goals and 773 points in 933 career games in the NHL with the Kings, Rangers, Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Kings didn’t announce a corresponding roster move to fill Gaborik’s spot on the roster for Sunday’s game against the New Jersey Devils. It’s possible they could recall forward Michael Mersch from the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League.