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Mats Zuccarello brings the puck up the ice.  (AP)
Mats Zuccarello brings the puck up the ice. (AP)

Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello is day-to-day with a strained groin, the team announced Thursday.

Head coach David Quinn indicated the 31-year-old will miss at least Friday's game in Detroit and Saturday's game in Columbus.

"We'll see when we get back," Quinn said, per the New York Post, "see how he looks then."

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Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

4:59PM: Elliotte Friedman said that the Rangers will have no trouble moving Zuccarello or Hayes. (Nichols)

12:13PM: Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello and Vlad Namestnikov are all part of TSN's first Trade Bait board of the season. (TSN.ca)

Hayes is ranked 2nd, Zuccarello 3rd and Vlad Namestnikov is 13th. (TSN.ca)

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Mar 26, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal against Montreal Canadiens with teammate right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) and defenseman Greg Pateryn (6) during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Mar 26, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal against Montreal Canadiens with teammate right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) and defenseman Greg Pateryn (6) during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

The Rangers' 'A' list has grown extra long for the 2018-19 NHL season.

The Blueshirts announced Wednesday that Chris Kreider, Jesper Fast, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello and Marc Staal will serve as alternate captains for the upcoming campaign.

The new leadership quintet figures to be a collective substitute for the primary captain role. The Rangers' 'C' remains ownerless since last season's trade of ex-captain Ryan McDonagh to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Mats Zuccarello brings the puck up the ice.  (AP)
Mats Zuccarello brings the puck up the ice. (AP)

9/27/18 | 11:01AM: Zuccarello told Newsday that "everyone knows" he wants to stay with the Rangers and that remaining here is his "main goal." (Newsday)

He added though that if the Rangers "don't want" him then there is "no point" in staying. (Newsday)

9/23/18 | Mats Zuccarello spent the summer working on his lower body and "leg strength" after feeling that it was too easy for him to get pushed off pucks last season. (NY Post)

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Mats Zuccarello scored three goals in the charity game that he and Henrik Lundqvist put together in Norway.

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Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Henrik Lundqvist said that he hopes Mats Zuccarello is part of the Rangers plans moving forward.(VG)

Lundqvist said that Zuccarello adds a lot to the team on and off the ice and sets an example with his work ethic. (VG)

Zuccarello is entering the final-year of a four-year deal that has a cap hit of $4.5 million.

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Mats Zuccarello's skates for tomorrow's Summer Classic Outdoor Game in Norway feature cartoon versions of Zuccarello and Henrik Lundqvist.

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Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) reacts after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) reacts after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

6/23/18 | Mats Zuccarello said that playing in the NHL has been his dream and that New York has become a home to him. (VG)

Zuccarello said that he would like to finish his career with the Rangers but understands that it's a "business" and that he might move. (VG)

6/16/18 | According to Larry Brooks, in the NY Post, Mats Zuccarello is not expected to be moved. (NY Post)

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Mats Zuccarello brings the puck up the ice.  (AP)
Mats Zuccarello brings the puck up the ice. (AP)

Mats Zuccarello spoke with a Norwegian publication and said that he thinks the hiring of David Quinn as head coach "can add good things" to the team. (Nitten)

He added that being coach of the Rangers is a "prestige" job and that they don't pick off the "bottom shelf." (Nitten)

Zuccarello said that he understands there will be a focus on developing players, but he hopes the organization is able to do that and "win" as well. (Nitten)

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Feb 11, 2018; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (36) skates against Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) during the first period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Terrence Lee)
Feb 11, 2018; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (36) skates against Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) during the first period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Terrence Lee)

Mats Zuccarello spoke with the media on Tuesday about this past season and said (SNY):

  • On the season, "it's been a tough season for everyone, fans, players. The whole team and organization, not going to the playoffs is always tough, I've never been in this position before. It was a tough season mentally, we lost a lot of good players and friends but at the end of the day it's over and focusing on next year and it's going to be hopefully a good summer, a long summer to rest up and get healthy and get back next year and with the mindset to make the playoffs. Everyone is disappointed right now and will take some time to rest and it will be good next year, I think."
  • On the coaching change, "sad for sure but it's like with the players, it's a business, nothing you can do about it. I've been here with them for five-years and it's sad to see that stuff happen. Nothing you can control and just focus on the team next year coming into camp, new year, positive year, a lot of young guys and hopefully some new guys. It's going to be good."
  • On how he is physically, "I just had something done with my knee. It's been struggling for a bit now this season, I will rest up for 3-4 weeks and will start working out and should be good."
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Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) reacts after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) reacts after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mats Zuccarello said that went on the ice early, felt good during practice and said that if he is needed tomorrow against the Islanders then he will be ready. (NYR)

Asked what the injury was keeping him out of last night's game, Zuccarello said "I don't know" and smiled before saying that there was concern after his injured area was red and bothering him but that "now it's good." (NYR)

He said that he had a "hell of a day" at practice and said that it would be nice for him to play the final two games and finish well. (NYR)

Alain Vigneault said earlier today that Zuccarello is expected to play tomorrow.

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Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mats Zuccarello said on Friday that the "most important thing" for him moving forward is to stay with the Rangers and be part of this rebuild. (NY Post)

Zuccarello said that the team is starting "something new" and that he believes they are going to be "good next year." (NY Post)

He has one-year left on his deal and has been praised by Alain Vigneault for his role as a leader and mentor to the Rangers young players.

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Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mats Zuccarello scored his 100th career goal last night in the Rangers win over Carolina.

Zuccarello has four goals in the past three games after only scoring 5 goals in his prior 38 games.

He joked that if he were more of a goal scorer he would have hit his 100th career goal earlier, but noted that it was a "big" thing for him. (Nettavisen)

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Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

 2/26/18 | 9:35AM: Darren Dreger says that there has been a "good amount of interest" in both Zuccarello and JT Miller but no team has been "aggressive enough to this point to suggest" that a trade is likely.

9:26AM: Mats Zuccarello said after last night's game that he does not want to be traded by the Rangers but that if he is, he will be "happy about it." (VG)

He called the situation a "win-win." (VG)

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Feb 11, 2018; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (36) skates against Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) during the first period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Terrence Lee)
Feb 11, 2018; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (36) skates against Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) during the first period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Terrence Lee)

3:07PM: Zuccarello has drawn interest as an option for a possible trade, according to Larry Brooks. (NY Post)

1:54PM: Mats Zuccarello scored on Sunday for the first time since scoring the OT winner against Boston on 12/16.

On the season, Zuccarello has 9 goals and 31 assists and is averaging .73 points per game which is higher than his career average of .69 and close to the prior to the seasons (.75 in 2015-16, .74 in 2017-18.

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Mats Zuccarello scored the game winning goal in OT for the Rangers on Saturday against the Bruins and was also awarded the Broadway Hat.

Zuccarello said after the game on MSG:

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Oct 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) plays the puck in front of St. Louis Blues center Tage Thompson (32) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) plays the puck in front of St. Louis Blues center Tage Thompson (32) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Despite surrendering a 2-0 lead, the Rangers topped the Bruins, 3-2, in overtime thanks to a game-winning goal by Mats Zuccarello. >>Read more


First period:

  • 14:42 NYR Michael Grabner; Assists: Kevin Hayes, Brady Skjei

Second period:

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Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mats Zuccarello scored two goals last night and has points in 7 of the last 9 games.

Zuccarello has 13 points in the past 12 games and a plus 14 rating in the past 19 games. (NYR Game Notes)

He put the Rangers up 3-1 when he forced a turnover just inside the offensive zone and scored on a breakaway.

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Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) reacts after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) reacts after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mats Zuccarello was awarded the Broadway Hat after scoring twice in the Rangers win over the Devils on Saturday.

Click below to see Zuccarello with the Broadwat Hat as well as his goals

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Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Boo Nieves (24) reacts after scoring his first NHL career goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Boo Nieves (24) reacts after scoring his first NHL career goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Boo Nieves scored his first career goal in the first period and Pavel Buchnevich scored the go-ahead goal in the third to complete a 4-3 win over the Penguins on Tuesday. >> Box score


First period:

  • 15:13 PIT Conor Sheary; Assists: Patric Hornqvist, Kris Letang
  • 16:49 NYR Boo Nieves; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Shattenkirk

Second period:

  • 7:11 PIT Phil Kessel; Assists: Jake Guentzel, Olli Maatta
  • 12:26 NYR Jesper Fast Assists: Brady Skjei, Paul Carey
  • 17:20 NYR Mats Zuccarello

Third period:

  • 3:35 PIT Patric Hornqvist (Power Play); Assists: Evgeni Malkin, Ian Cole
  • 11:12 NYR Pavel Buchnevich; Assists: David Desharnais, Chris Kreider
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Mats Zuccarello scored the game winner for the Rangers in OT against the Red Wings on Friday night.

Zuccarello spoke on MSG after the game and said:

  • "First period was played really bad and weren't into the game at all. Too much turkey yesterday from some of the guys maybe but in the second period we were real good and in the third, Hank was real good in the first and then we took over. Howard played really good and we had some good chances but when you meet a goalie like that you just need to stick with it and get traffic. We got a good one by Kreids and yea."
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Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) follows through as he shoots the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Rangers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) follows through as he shoots the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Rangers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

After winning six straight games, the New York Rangers have dropped two in a row. They will look to avoid a third straight loss when they host the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night.

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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils with right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils with right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

5:43PM: After naming Zuccarello as an alternate captain, Alain Vigneault said "I expect him to continue to influence and lead like he has been developing and growing since I have been here, his first year he was trying to establish himself as an NHLer. He has done that and earned the respect of everyone in the NHL not just by how he plays but he came back from a real serious injury and in our dressing room he is a very popular figure and always comes to play and is there for his teammates and I expect him to continue to do that and help our whole group and Ryan McDonagh the best way that he can."

2:59PM: Zuccarello said that it was a proud moment to be named alternate captain, adding that it was not something he thought could happen when he first came over to play in the NHL. (Nettavisen)

2:15PM: The Rangers have announced that Mats Zuccarello has been named an alternate captain for this season.

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New York Rangers center Derick Brassard celebrates his goal against the Buffalo Sabres with right wing Mats Zuccarello during the first period at First Niagara Center. (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers center Derick Brassard celebrates his goal against the Buffalo Sabres with right wing Mats Zuccarello during the first period at First Niagara Center. (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports Images)

Former Ranger Derick Brassard visited Mats Zuccarello in New York on Zuccarello's birthday yesterday.

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Feb 19, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) after defeating the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
Feb 19, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) after defeating the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

Henrik Lundqvist said earlier today that he was heading to Oslo, Norway to see an "old friend" and announce something.

That announcement appears to be a joint charity game next August with Mats Zuccarello at a soccer field in Norway. (Dagsavisen)

Zuccarello and Lundqvist said that they hope to involve many NHL players in the game and that the stadium holds 25,000 people. (TV2)

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Apr 22, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates with Rangers left wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) after defeating the Montreal Canadiens in game six of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Apr 22, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates with Rangers left wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) after defeating the Montreal Canadiens in game six of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

8/20/17 | Last season the Rangers had a group of four alternate captains including Marc Staal, Rick Nash, Derek Stepan and Dan Girardi.

After moving Stepan and Girardi the Rangers could have two potential openings for players to wear letters on the front of their jerseys.

Since Ryan McDonagh became captain in 2014-15, the Rangers alternate captains have been:

  • 14-15: Stepan, Marty St. Louis, Staal and Girardi
  • 15-16: Stepan, Staal and Girardi
  • 16-17: Stepan, Staal, Girardi and Rick Nash

Alain Vigneault told Dan Rosen of NHL.com that he and his staff will see who wants to do more on the ice and off the ice, "who wants to expand his role as far as leadership and example and influence?" (NHL.com)

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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)

8:55AM: Mats Zuccarello said that it's "sad" to see players like Derek Stepan and Dan Girardi that have been important players and good friends leave the team but that "this is a business." (VG)

Carl Hagelin, who is in Norway to play in Zuccarello's charity game, said that Zuccarello continues to assume more responsibility and "he will have a good year this year." (VG)

Hagelin also described the differences between his teams with the Rangers and his current team in Pittsburgh by saying that the Penguins have Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and that they create opportunities every time they are on the ice. (VG)

He followed up by saying "we did not have that with the Rangers." (VG)

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7/21/17 | Jimmy Vesey said that Mats Zuccarello inspires everyone with his work ethic and how "tenacious he is on the puck." (Newsday)

Brendan Smith praised Zuccarello's work ethic and said that when he is making plays and winning battles "everybody feeds off of it."

Mike Milbury said early in the series against Montreal that Zuccarello is "fun to watch" and always plays with energy.

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8:58PM: Ryan McDonagh posted on Instagram, "What a competitor who cares more about his teammates than himself. A true pro who taught me a lot about the game when I was just getting started. Thanks for everything G!! We will miss you"

Mats Zuccarello told a Norwegian paper that Girardi is someone he has looked up to and that it's "sad" to see a friend leave the team. (Framtid)

Zuccarello added that Girardi was someone who sacrificed his body for the team. (Framtid)

4:06PM: On Instagram, Mats Zuccarello made the following post about former teammate Dan Girardi, "Probobly over 1500 blocked shots the last 10 years. Played with alot of injuries and always gave 100% for the blueshirts. Everyone gonna miss u 5'er. Good luck to u�� #machine"

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New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) looks to make a pass against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild)
New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) looks to make a pass against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild)

Mats Zuccarello said that the hopes to be able to play for Norway in the Olympics next year despite the NHL saying that they won't shut down their season. (Nettavisen)

Zuccarello said that he would like to have a chat with the Rangers about possibly playing in the Olympics and that if the decision is up to him then he will go." (Nettavisen)

Asked why he didn't go play for Norway in the World Championships after the Rangers season ended, Zuccarello said that the team was doing well without him and that he wanted to take some time to relax. (Nettavisen)

Henrik Lundqvist has said that he would like the chance to play in the Olympics again.

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Mats Zuccarello is back in his native Norway and while he was driving through the town of Oslo he stopped in the street when he saw a 12-year old taking shots on net in his driveway. (Dagbladet, Aftenposten)

The child, Edvin Velle, said that Zuccarello is his favorite player and that it was "really cool" to meet him.

His mom posted a photo on Instagram, which you can see below, and a message that translated to, "#hverdagsmagi When you stand outside your farm and works on shot after shot for yourself and maybe daydreaming a bit about hockey and heroes and suddenly stands @mats_zuccarello there right beside it and turn a nice and long chat. When that is. " (Aftenposten)

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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers lose 00:04:17
Marc Malusis and Sal Licata break down the Rangers' loss to the Senators in Game 6 and debate what caused this team to not go further.

The New York Rangers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

The Senators will face the winner of the Washington Capitals-Pittsburgh Penguins series in the Eastern Conference finals.>> Read more


First period: 

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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers on win 00:01:16
Mats Zuccarello, Henrik Lundqvist and Alain Vigneault discuss the Rangers' 4-1 win over the Senators.

The Rangers scored the game's first four goals and Henrik Lundqvist had 26 saves as the Rangers beat the Ottawa Senators, 4-1, on Tuesday night in game three of three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Madison Square Garden.  >> Read more


First period:

  • 5:31 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Dan Girardi
  • 13:24 NYR Michael Grabner; Assists: Mats Zuccarello

Second period:

  • 12:21 NYR Rick Nash; Assists: Derek Stepan, Jimmy Vesey
  • 18:17 NYR Oscar Lindberg; Assists: J.T. Miller, Tanner Glass
  • 18:49 OTT Jean-Gabriel Pageau; Assists: Bobby Ryan, Cody Ceci

Third period: 

  • N/A
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Heading into last night's game Mats Zuccarello had 1 goal, 0 assists, a minus two rating, 14 PIM and an average of 21:17.

Last night Zuccarello had two goals on 2 shots, including the game winner, and played 18:28.

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Mats Zuccarello had three assists for the Rangers in their win over Philadelphia on Sunday.

Zuccarello now has 8 points in the last six games and leads the Rangers in points with 15 goals and 44 assists.

He only had 8 points in the 15 games prior to this recent six game stretch.

Zuccarello said that he doesn't think much about leading the team in points but added "it's nice." (Nettavisen)

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New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello, center Mika Zibanejad and center Oscar Lindberg pose before the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello, center Mika Zibanejad and center Oscar Lindberg pose before the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 0:33 PHI Valtteri Filppula; Assist: Jordan Weal
  • 3:57 NYR Mika Zibanejad (power play); Assist: Mats Zuccarello
  • 7:10 NYR Brendan Smith; Assists: Zuccarello, Derek Stepan

Third period:

  • 7:01 NYR Oscar Lindberg; Assists: Dan Girardi, Zuccarello    
  • 9:10 NYR Chris Kreider; Assist: Stepan
  • 17:54 PHI Brayden Schenn; Assist: Shayne Gostisbehere
  • 18:45 PHI Filppula; Assists: Jakub Voracek, Gostisbehere   
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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
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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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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)
(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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