Only a handful of Wild players remain from the days Marian Gaborik filled the back of the net ... when he wasn't on the trainer's table.

The former Wild sniper had dinner with three of them Monday night -- Mikko Koivu, Niklas Backstrom and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. The check was split, although Gaborik probably could have picked up the tab.

After all, it's been nothing but downhill in Minnesota since he left as a free agent for the New York Rangers in 2009: Three missed postseasons, anemic scoring, no game breakers.

Gaborik could care less. He doesn't "look at the past," only the future, and his Rangers took another step toward a potential Eastern Conference crown and President's Trophy with a 3-2 victory over the Wild Tuesday.

In the second period, Gaborik scored his first career goal against the Wild and wore a giant smile as he celebrated.