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Feb 2, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) waits for a faceoff during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Rangers beat the Sabres in overtime 2 to 1. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Feb 2, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) waits for a faceoff during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Rangers beat the Sabres in overtime 2 to 1. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Mats Zuccarello has played in close to 90 games since September due to the Rangers schedule, Olympic Qualifications for Norway and the World Cup. (Nettavisen)

He has played in all 74 games for the Rangers, 3 for Norway and 9 for Team Europe (3 preseason, 6 tournament).

Zuccarello said that he doesn't let the amount of games he has played so far this year enter his mind when he is on the ice. (Nettavisen)

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Mar 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) scores a goal against Florida Panthers goalie James Reimer (34) during third period at Madison Square Garden. The Florida Panthers defeated New York Rangers 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) scores a goal against Florida Panthers goalie James Reimer (34) during third period at Madison Square Garden. The Florida Panthers defeated New York Rangers 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mats Zuccarello scored twice last night, his first multi-point game since January 17th and his first multi-goal goal since 10/28.

Zuccarello has a three-game point streak and has 30 points (6 goals and 24 assists) in the past 38 games. (Rangers Game Notes)

This is the fourth straight season where Zuccarello has at least 49 points and his 3rd season in the past 4 where he has registered 50 points.

Alain Vigneault spoke about Zuccarello after the game last night and said, "even when he wasn't scoring goals I thought he was working extremely hard and playing well. This is a 200ft game, there are two nets and you gotta play well at both ends and Mats had been doing that even though he hadn't been scoring for us."

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The Rangers' Mats Zuccarello, left, and Marc Staal, right, defend Florida's Thomas Vanek during the first period. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
The Rangers' Mats Zuccarello, left, and Marc Staal, right, defend Florida's Thomas Vanek during the first period. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers blew a two-goal lead after the first period and lost 4-3 to the Panthers in a shootout Friday at the Garden. The Rangers have lost six in a row at home. >> Read more


First period:

  • 2:34 NYR Mats Zuccarello (Power Play) Assists: Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan
  • 4:11 NYR J.T. Miller Assists: Brendan Smith, Mika Zibanejad 

Second period:

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New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh plays the puck against Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh plays the puck against Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Rangers lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2, on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 5:53 NYR Steven Kampfer; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider
  • 7:43 TB Brayden Point (power play); Assists: Nikita Kucherov, Jonathan Drouin

Second period:

  • 5:04 TB Gabriel Dumont; Assist: Jason Garrison
  • 10:22 NYR Michael Grabner

Third period:

  • 13:32 TB Point; Assists: Ondrej Palat, Kucherov
Tags: Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, Michael Grabner, Tampa Bay Lightning
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Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Frederik Gauthier (33) draws an interference penalty as he hits New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Frederik Gauthier (33) draws an interference penalty as he hits New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves and Mats Zuccarello and Mika Zibanejad tallied shootout goals as the Rangers defeated the Maple Leafs, 2-1, on Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre. >> Read more


First period:

  • 10:56 TOR Connor Brown; Assists: Tyler Bozak, Jake Gardiner

Third period:

  • 10:50 NYR J.T. Miller; Assists: Kevin Hayes, Brandon Pirri

Shootout:

  • William Nylander: STOPPED
  • Mats Zuccarello: SCORED
  • Auston Matthews: SCORED
  • Mika Zibanejad: SCORED
  • Nazem Kadri: STOPPED
Tags: Brandon Pirri, Henrik Lundqvist, J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello, Mika Zibanejad
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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Mats Zuccarello converted a Chris Kreider feed for the eventual game winner in the third period against the Capitals.

Zuccarello spoke after the game and said (NYR):

  • Was that a set play, "it was a fluke"
  • On the win, "it was a good team we were playing, two good teams out there. It felt like a playoff atmosphere and a division rivalry. It's nice to get the two points."
  • Did you like the third period, "I think we played a pretty solid game. Our defense and Hank was really good and we created a lot of chances. Both teams had their looks but in the end we deserved to win."
  • Was that a set play, "no, not really. If he loses it then I am just trying to get position but Kreids got it and he is quick and strong and it's a good play by him."
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GEICO SportsNite: Isles best NYR 00:00:24
Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh discusses the Rangers 4-2 loss to the Islanders on the road at Barclays Center.

Andrew Ladd scored twice and the Islanders extended their unbeaten streak at the Barclays Center to 10 games with a 4-2 win over the Rangers, who came into the game having won six straight. >> Read more


First period:

  • 6:23 NYR Nick Holden; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Brady Skjei

Second period:

  • 2:43 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Josh Bailey, John Tavares
  • 6:24 NYI Andrew Ladd; Assists: Stephen Gionta

Third period

  • 3:03 NYI Nikolay Kulemin (short handed); Assists: John Tavares
  • 3:46 NYR Jimmy Vesey (power play); Assists: Brady Skjei, Rick Nash
  • 18:50 NYI Andrew Ladd (empty net); Assists: Jason Chimera
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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers win 00:01:00
J.T Miller and Henrik Lundqvist speak to the media after the Rangers' 4-3 win over Nashville on Thursday night at MSG.

The Rangers rallied from a 2-0 deficit with four unanswered goals en route to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators Thursday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 1:23 NSH Cody McLeod; Assists: P.K. Subban, Austin Watson

Second period:

  • 3:50 NSH Calle Jarnkrok (power play); Assists: Mike Fisher, Subban
  • 8:12 NYR Michael Grabner; Kevin Hayes
  • 14:58 NYR J.T. Miller; Assists: Hayes

Third period:

  • 5:36 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Mika Zibanejad
  • 16:00 NYR Miller; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Hayes
  • 17:59 NSH Roman Jose (power play); Assists: Ryan Johansen, Ryan Ellis
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Dec 22, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his game winning goal against the Anaheim Ducks with New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) following the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Ducks 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 22, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his game winning goal against the Anaheim Ducks with New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) following the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Ducks 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Henrik Lundqvist and Mats Zuccarello are reportedly spending the All-Star break together at a resort in Turks and Caicos.

The NY Post reports that they were seen on the beach together on Thursday.

The Rangers return to practice tomorrow at 2PM and play their next game on Tuesday against the Blue Jackets.

 

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Mats Zuccarello scored a goal Monday for the first time in 16 games and beat a goalie, discounting shootouts, for the first time in 31 games.

In those 31 games, Zuccarello had two goals and 25 assists.

Zuccarello said on MSG that it's nice to score goals but it's not something that he thinks about that much.

Joe Micheletti praised Zuccarello on Monday for the courage that he plays with and Dave Maloney mentioned that Zuccarello is winning battles all the time that he has no business winning.

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Mats Zuccarello scored the game winning goal for the Rangers and was named the second star of the game.

Zuccarello spoke on MSG after the game and said:

  • On scoring, "it's nice to score goals, I don't think about it that much. It's nice to score a goal so you guys can stop talking about it (smile)."
  • On his goal, "good play by Millsy and he gets it to me and I try to shoot it quickly and it went in."
  • On the game, "We played a good team. We were not up to our standards today, but I think it's really important to get a win like that when you're not playing at your best. Hank was amazing. We were blocking shots, we were playing good D. It's important to get those wins as well. It's 82 games and some games it's going to be like that. It's important to show strength that we can win. Obviously, Hank was a big factor." (Rangers Game Notes)
  • On Henrik, "we have no worries about Hank. He is our most important player. We didn't give him good enough help for a stretch there. He knew he had to be better. Everyone goes through slumps. We have no worries about Hank, he is in my opinion the best goalie in the world and he showed that tonight and has shown it the last few games. No worries."
  • On Kevin Klein… "He's amazing. He does it all. He's such a strong and good guy to have on the team. He goes in and it was a pretty good fight, in my opinion. That gives us a boost and I think everyone in the locker room here appreciated that." (Rangers Game Notes)
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Lundqvist on his progress 00:00:33
Henrik Lundqvist and Alain Vigneault discuss the goalkeeper's recent progress and improvement following a rough stretch.

The New York Rangers beat the Los Angeles Kings, 3-2, Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 11:31 NYR Brandon Pirri

Second period:

  • 13:28 NYR Matt Puempel; Assists: Derek Stepan, Dan Girardi
  • 18:01 LA Jordan Nolan; Assists: Andy Andreoff, Drew Doughty

Third period:

  • 6:40 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assist: J.T. Miller
  • 19:59 LA Kyle Clifford
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Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn scores a goal past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)
Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn scores a goal past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)

The New York Rangers' three-goal third-period rally fell short as they allowed three goals in the first period and four goals in the second en route to a 7-6 loss to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 0:27 NYR Derek Stepan; Assists: Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello
  • 12:34 DAL Patrick Eaves (power play); Assists: Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin
  • 12:46 DAL Patrick Sharp; Assist: Radek Faksa
  • 17:54 DAL Jamie Benn; Assists: Cody Eakin, Eaves

Second period:

  • 4:32 DAL Antoine Roussel; Assist: Lauri Korpikoski
  • 9:56 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Rick Nash, Pavel Buchnevich
  • 12:06 NYR Buchnevich; Assists: Kevin Klein, Adam Clendening
  • 12:54 DAL Patrick Sharp; Assists: Devin Shore, Faksa
  • 15:53 DAL Adam Cracknell; Assists: Korpikoski, Dan Hamhuis
  • 17:40 DAL Eakin; Assists: Eaves, Benn

Third period:

  • 3:11 NYR Kreider; Assists: Stepan, Zuccarello
  • 5:31 NYR Stepan; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Zuccarello
  • 7:26 NYR Zibanejad; Assists: Nash, Buchnevich
Tags: Adam Clendening, Chris Kreider, Dallas Stars, Derek Stepan, Kevin Klein, Mats Zuccarello, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich, Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh
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(Adam Hunger)

Mats Zuccarello has 12 points in the past 11 games and has 17 points in his last 19 games.

All 12 of Zuccarello's points in the past 11 games are assists and 16 of his 17 points during this stretch are assists.

Zuccarello has not scored a goal on a goalie outside of the shootout in the past 27 games, dating back to 11/15 against Vancouver.

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Dec 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) during a break in action against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
Dec 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) during a break in action against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

Mats Zuccarello enters tonight's game against Buffalo on a career high six-game assist streak.

Zuccarello has 9 assists in the past six games and Zuccarello has 1 goal and 13 assists in the past 14 games.

Zuccarello also leads the Rangers in even strength assists (17) and points (23) so far this season. (Rangers Game Notes)

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Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal with center Derek Stepan (21) and right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal with center Derek Stepan (21) and right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

On Saturday against Colorado the Rangers line of Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello had a total of 7 points.

The trio has tallied a total of 22 points int he past four games and have a total of 46 points in the Rangers past 15 games. (Game Notes)

Zuccarello had also had an assist on nine consecutive goals by Kreider from a stretch of 12/3 to 12/31. (Game Notes)

Alain Vigneault said that Stepan's line gave the Rangers a "real solid performance" on Saturday against Colorado.

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Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) attempts to score on Colorado Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard (31) in the first period at Pepsi Center.  (Ron Chenoy (USA Today))
Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) attempts to score on Colorado Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard (31) in the first period at Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy (USA Today))

First Period

  • 1:59 COL Cody McLeod; Assists: Tyson Barrie, Mikhail Grigorenko
  • 6:09 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello
  • 16:39 NYR Chris Kreider (PP); Assists: Matz Zuccarello, Ryan McDonagh
  • 18:34 COL Blake Comeau; Assists: Francois Beauchemin, Rene Bourque

Second Period

  • 9:30 NYR J.T. Miller
  • 14:20 NYR Chris Kreider (PP); Assists: Derek Stepan, Brandon Pirri

Third Period

  • 9:34 NYR J.T. Miller; Assists: Oscar Lindberg, Jesper Fast
  • 13:05 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Michael Grabner, Kevin Hayes
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

At 11:29 of the second period last night, Chris Neil hit Brady Skjei into the boards and following that hit, Mats Zuccarello went after Neil.

Kevin Klein jumped in and while Neil was penalized for roughing, ultimately the Rangers were shorthanded after Klein and Zuccarello were also called for roughing.

The Rangers killed off that penalty, Ottawa was called for goalie interference a couple of minutes later and Derek Stepan tied the game 3 on the PP.

Larry Brooks wrote of the situation with Zuccarello that "finally" the Rangers got tired of seeing their teammates pushed around and that the Rangers "emerged" from that scrum "with a sense of purpose and unity." (NY Post)

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Oct 22, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) on the ice against Washington Capitals during the first period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Oct 22, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) on the ice against Washington Capitals during the first period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Mats Zuccarello spoke after the Rangers loss to the Penguins and said (MSG):

  • On being outworked , "it's embarrassing to lose like that. I know everyone in here cares and works hard. I would say that it's more of a "C," "D," performance from everyone, and it was everyone, except for Raants. He gave us a chance and we didn't back him up. It's not fun. It's embarrassing to lose like that. No one was at their best today and there is nothing more to say. It's not good enough, especially in an important game like this."
  • On struggling against a team playing their "A" game, "We are playing such a good team with the best players in the World. We can't play like we did today. We know that we can play much better, it was everyone, except for Raants, and it's no fun. It's not like we want to go out there and not do our best...."
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New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau battle for a loose puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau battle for a loose puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils allowed a late game-tying goal to Derek Stepan and lost to the New York Rangers in a shootout, 3-2, Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

Tags: Adam Henrique, Brady Skjei, Chris Kreider, Damon Severson, Derek Stepan, Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Klein, Kyle Palmieri, Mats Zuccarello, Mike Cammalleri, P.A. Parenteau, Ryan McDonagh, Taylor Hall
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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers win 00:01:37
Henrik Lundqvist and Alain Vigneault discuss the Rangers' second consecutive shootout victory on Sunday against the New Jersey Devils.

Derek Stepan scored a game-tying goal late in the third period as the New York Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils, 3-2, in a shootout Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

Tags: Adam Henrique, Brady Skjei, Chris Kreider, Damon Severson, Derek Stepan, Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Klein, Kyle Palmieri, Mats Zuccarello, Mike Cammalleri, P.A. Parenteau, Ryan McDonagh, Taylor Hall
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Oct 22, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) on the ice against Washington Capitals during the first period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Oct 22, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) on the ice against Washington Capitals during the first period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Mats Zuccarello has zero goals in the past 14 games and only 6 assists in that stretch.

Zuccarello has 7 goals and 12 assists in 31 games this season while also averaging a career high 18:42 per game.

Through 31 games last season, Zuccarello had 13 goals and 12 assists en route to leading the Rangers in points with 61.

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New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau battle for a loose puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau battle for a loose puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils lost their third straight game when they fell to the New York Rangers 5-0 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 16:43 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Klein

Second period:

  • 16:07 NYR J.T. Miller (short handed); Assist: Kevin Hayes
  • 19:57 NYR Brady Skjei; Assists: Derek Stepan, Oscar Lindberg

Third period:

  • 6:04 NYR Brandon Pirri (power play); Assists: Kreider, Ryan McDonagh
  • 18:42 NYR Jimmy Vesey (power play); Assists: Nick Holden, Pirri
Tags: Brandon Pirri, Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, J.T. Miller, Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Kevin Klein, Mats Zuccarello, Nick Holden, Oscar Lindberg, Ryan McDonagh
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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers win 00:01:11
Alain Vigneault and Antti Raanta discuss the Rangers' 5-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

Five different New York Rangers scored as they beat the New Jersey Devils 5-0 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 16:43 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Klein

Second period:

  • 16:07 NYR J.T. Miller (short handed); Assist: Kevin Hayes
  • 19:57 NYR Brady Skjei; Assists: Derek Stepan, Oscar Lindberg

Third period:

  • 6:04 NYR Brandon Pirri (power play); Assists: Kreider, Ryan McDonagh
  • 18:42 NYR Jimmy Vesey (power play); Assists: Nick Holden, Pirri
Tags: Brandon Pirri, Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, J.T. Miller, Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Kevin Klein, Mats Zuccarello, Nick Holden, Oscar Lindberg, Ryan McDonagh
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Dec 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) during a break in action against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
Dec 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) during a break in action against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

Mats Zuccarello had two points yesterday against Carolina, his first multi-point effort in nine games.

He had two assists, a plus two rating, 3 shots on goal, 1 shot attempt blocked and one giveaway in 19:18.

Zuccarello said that he felt he played better and that he "had to." (Nettavisen)

He said that the way he played against the Hurricanes is how he has to play and that "I must try to play that in every game." (Nettavisen)

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist defends his goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist defends his goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA Today Sports Images)

Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after allowing four second-period goals in the New York Rangers' 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 4:22 NYR Rick Nash (power play); Assists: Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello

Second period:

  • 2:02 PIT Scott Wilson; Assists: Phil Kessel, Nick Bonino
  • 4:58 PIT Sidney Crosby; Assist: Ian Cole
  • 10:12 PIT Kessel; Assist: Bonino
  • 12:57 PIT Crosby; Assist: Kris Letang
  • 16:42 PIT Conor Sheary; Assists: Crosby, Carl Hagelin

Third period:

  • 13:05 PIT Matt Cullen; Assists: Justin Schultz, Eric Fehr
Tags: Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello, Pittsburgh Penguins, Rick Nash
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New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Rangers scored four goals in the second period en route to a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 2:12 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assists: Kevin Klein, Brady Skjei
  • 10:45 WIN Patrik Laine; Assists: Ben Chiarot, Mark Scheifele

Second period:

  • 10:02 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assist: Chris Kreider
  • 12:02 WIN Scheifele; Assists: Paul Postma, Nikolaj Ehlers
  • 13:01 NYR J.T. Miller; Assist: Nick Holden
  • 16:24 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Klein, Brandon Pirri
  • 17:05 NYR Pavel Buchnevich; Assists: Pirri, Adam Clendening
Tags: Adam Clendening, Brady Skjei, Brandon Pirri, Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast, Kevin Hayes, Kevin Klein, Mats Zuccarello, Nick Holden, Pavel Buchnevich
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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers win 00:00:38
Henrik Lundqvist shares his thoughts on the Rangers' 5-3 win Thursday night over the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden.

Jesper Fast tied it with 10:29 left and Rick Nash scored the go-ahead goal with 1:21 left as the Rangers rallied for a 5-3 win over the Oilers Thursday night at the Garden. >> Read more


First Period:

Second period:

Third period:

Tags: Brady Skjei, Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Henrik Lundqvist, J.T. Miller, Mats Zuccarello, Ryan McDonagh
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GEICO SportsNite: NY Rangers 00:02:07
Justine Ward joins GEICO SportsNite from Madison Square Garden to talk about the Rangers starting the season with 40 goals in 10 games.

Jimmy Vesey had a huge night as the Rangers beat the Blues, 5-0 Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Tags: Brady Skjei, Chris Kreider, Dan Girardi, Derek Stepan, Henrik Lundqvist, J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello, Ryan McDonagh
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Oct 22, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) on the ice against Washington Capitals during the first period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Oct 22, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) on the ice against Washington Capitals during the first period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Following last night's win, Mats Zuccarello spoke with the Norwegian media and said: "It was lovely" to get a win like that over Tampa and "lovely" to respond after the loss in Carolina. (Nettavisen) He thinks that the Rangers should have won all of the games that they have lost. (Nettavisen) He thinks they have been the best team in each game and that should be a good thing moving forward. (Nettavisen & VG)

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Washington goalie Braden Holtby reacts after Jimmy Vesey's first goal Saturday. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
Washington goalie Braden Holtby reacts after Jimmy Vesey's first goal Saturday. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers beat the Caps 4-2 Saturday in Washington.

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First Period 12:06: NYR: Marc Staal; Assists: Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello19:02 SJS: Logan Couture; Assists: Joe Pavelski, Joe ThorntonSecond Period4:15 NYR: Rick Nash; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Chris Kreider10:21 NYR: Chris Kreider; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Antti Raanta

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Sep 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Team Europe forward Mats Zuccarello (63) battles for the puck with Team Sweden defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) in front of Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) in the first period during a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Sep 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Team Europe forward Mats Zuccarello (63) battles for the puck with Team Sweden defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) in front of Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) in the first period during a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Mats Zuccarello and Team Europe have defeated Henrik Lundqvist and Team Sweden in the World Cup semi-final to advance to the best of three Final against Canada.

Zuccarello had the primary assist on the game winning goal by Tomas Tatar, had one shot on goal, one shot blocked and one shot that missed the net in 19:44.

He had 1 giveaway, 3 blocked shots, played 17:42 at even strength, 2:02 on the PP, 6:42 in the first, 5:48 in the second, 6:32 in the third and 42 seconds in OT.

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Sep 19, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Team Europe forward Mats Zuccarello (63) celebrates after scoring against Czech Republic goalie Petr Mrazek (34) in the third period of Team Europe's 3-2 overtime win during preliminary round play in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Sep 19, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Team Europe forward Mats Zuccarello (63) celebrates after scoring against Czech Republic goalie Petr Mrazek (34) in the third period of Team Europe's 3-2 overtime win during preliminary round play in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

In Team Europe's 4-1 loss to Canada, Mats Zuccarello had one shot, one takeaway and one hit in 13:56 of ice time.

Zuccarello played 12:59 at even strength, 44 seconds on the power play and 13 seconds on the penalty kill.

He played 4:20 in the first, 4:33 in the second and 5:03 in the third.

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Sep 11, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Team Europe forward Mats Zuccarello (63) checks Team North America forward Dylan Larkin (71) in the second period during a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Sep 11, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Team Europe forward Mats Zuccarello (63) checks Team North America forward Dylan Larkin (71) in the second period during a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

Mats Zuccarello scored a goal and had the primary assist on the OT winner in Team Europe's 3-2 win over the Czech Republic.

Zuccarello scored early in the third period to give Europe a 2-1 lead and then in OT he fed Leon Draisaitl for a breakaway that won the game.

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Mats Zuccarello says that he doesn't set goals for a particular season and just tries to "have fun and play hockey." (NHL.com)

Asked if he could follow up his 26 goal season by scoring 30, Zuccarello said that he doesn't know if he has 30 in him and just hopes for 20 goals. (NHL.com)

On his 26 goal season last year, Zuccarello said that he "got lucky" and the puck went in the net." (NHL.com)

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Mats Zuccarello celebrates as he returns to the bench after scoring against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (AP)
Mats Zuccarello celebrates as he returns to the bench after scoring against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (AP)

Mats Zuccarello says that while he is looking forward to the World Cup tournament he is "really excited" about the coming season for the Rangers. (NY Post)

Zuccarello said that things might be a little different for him this year but management added a lot of speed and he is "really excited to see what it's going to be all about." (NY Post)

Zuccarello has played in 6 games already, between Olympic qualifying and World Cup exhibitions, and said that he feels like it's the middle of the season. (NY Post)

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Apr 18, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Derick Brassard (16) is congratulated by right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) after scoring a third period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during game 2 of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 at Madison Square Garden. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 18, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Derick Brassard (16) is congratulated by right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) after scoring a third period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during game 2 of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 at Madison Square Garden. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mats Zuccarello said it's been "really sad" to lose his best friends Carl Hagelin and Derick Brassard as teammates in consecutive summers. (NY Post)

He said that he knows that it's a business and that Rangers management is making moves that they think will help the team, but when he thinks outside of hockey he doesn't "appreciate it." (NY Post)

Hagelin was traded to Anaheim, and then Pittsburgh, at the draft in 2015 and Brassard was traded to Ottawa for Mika Zibanejad earlier this summer.

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Sep 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Team Europe forward Mats Zuccarello (63) battles for the puck with Team Sweden defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) in front of Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) in the first period during a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Sep 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Team Europe forward Mats Zuccarello (63) battles for the puck with Team Sweden defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) in front of Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) in the first period during a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 17 of 22 shots in just over 47 minutes before being pulled in favor of Jakob Markstrom in Sweden's loss to Team Europe.

Lundqvist allowed three goals from Leon Draisaitl, one from Tomas Tatar and one from Thomas Vanek.

Mats Zuccarello, for Team Europe, had an assist and was a plus one in 14:17 with one shot on goal and one hit.

Zuccarello started the game on a line with Marian Gaborik and Frans Nielsen and played 13:41 at even strength, 1 minute on the PP and 6:41 in the first, and 4 minutes each in the second and third.

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Dec 22, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his game winning goal against the Anaheim Ducks with New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) following the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Ducks 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 22, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his game winning goal against the Anaheim Ducks with New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) following the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Ducks 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mats Zuccarello (Team Europe) will play Henrik Lundqvist (Team Sweden) in their last World Cup exhibition games before the tournament starts this weekend. (Aftonbladet)

Zuccarello said that he hopes to score on Lundqvist and joked that doing so would make it a tough season for Lundqvist. (Aftonbladet)

Lundqvist laughed when told what Zuccarello said and noted that the two had already talked about the possibility. (Aftonbladet)

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Sep 11, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Team Europe forward Mats Zuccarello (63) checks Team North America forward Dylan Larkin (71) in the second period during a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Sep 11, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Team Europe forward Mats Zuccarello (63) checks Team North America forward Dylan Larkin (71) in the second period during a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

Mats Zuccarello had two assists for Team Europe in their 7-4 loss to Team North America.

Zuccarello played 18:32, had two shots on goal, 2 hits and 1 blocked shot.

He played 17:09 at even strength, 1:23 on the PP and 6:34 in the first period, 5:45 in the second period and 6:13 in the third period.

JT Miller did not play for Team North America but says that he is healthy.

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Sep 8, 2016; Quebec City, Quebec, Canada; Players of Team Europe and Team North America are presented during the World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at Videotron Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Sep 8, 2016; Quebec City, Quebec, Canada; Players of Team Europe and Team North America are presented during the World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at Videotron Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

Last night in an exhibition game for the World Cup, team North America defeated Team Europe 4-0.

For team Europe, Mats Zuccarello played 20 minutes, had one shot on goal, one shot attempt blocked and 1 hit.

Zuccarello skated mostly with Anze Kopitar and Mikkel Boedker and played 18:17 at even strength, 1:43 on the PP and 5:28 in the first period, 7:00 in the second period and 7:32 in the third period.

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Mats Zuccarello and Kaspars Daugavins struggle for a puck. (AP)
Mats Zuccarello and Kaspars Daugavins struggle for a puck. (AP)

Mats Zuccarello scored the first goal in a 2-1 Norway win that helped clinch a spot in the 2018 Olympics for Norway.

Zuccarello had a goal and 3 shots on goal.

It was during the 2010 Olympics that Zuccarello drew interest from the NHL and ended up signing with the Rangers.

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New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello controls the puck against the Anaheim Ducks during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USATSI)
New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello controls the puck against the Anaheim Ducks during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USATSI)

Mats Zuccarello spoke with Norwegian newspaper VG and said the following:

  • It's sad to see Derick Brassard traded but that is part of the "business"
  • He and Brassard played well together and helped each other and it will be "difficult" to find a new linemate like him.
  • He is "sad and sorry" about Brassard being traded and the two hung out together pretty much every day.
  • He doesn't know much about Mika Zibanejad as a person but he knows that he is a good player.
  • He has a busy schedule ahead with Olympic qualifiers for Norway, the World Cup and the Rangers season.
  • He had a good season last year but "I will do better" this season
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Mats Zuccarello celebrates as he returns to the bench after scoring. (AP)
Mats Zuccarello celebrates as he returns to the bench after scoring. (AP)

Mats Zuccarello was on the ice in Norway yesterday and said that it was his first time on the ice since playing in the World Championships. (Dagsavien)

Zuccarello skated with Norwegian team Valerenga which is coached by his former national team coach Roy Johansen. (Dagsavien

He said that this offseason he has taken vacations in Norway as well as other countries and "relaxed well." (Dagsavien

On Facebook, Zuccarello said Had fun doing "strip penalties" during this seasons first skate here in Norway! Back to NY soon, and hopefully going all the way to the cup this time!." 

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