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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

12/15/17 | Alain Vigneault said that Zibanejad is still following the concussion protocol and that the plan is for him to practice with the team on Monday. (NYR)

12/14/17 | Sam Rosen noted during last night's broadcast that Mika Zibanejad skated on his own in New York on Wednesday.

Zibanejad had been skating for the last little while and practiced with the Rangers on Tuesday as a defensemen.

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Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) plays the puck during the second period in game five of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) plays the puck during the second period in game five of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

1:05PM: Mika Zibanejad spoke with the media on Monday and said (NYR):

  • "it's good to be back with the guys and see faces out there, it's always positive."
  • How do you feel, "it's getting better. We are following the procedures that need to be done and we are taking it day by day and we will take it from there."
  • Do you think you will be able to practice tomorrow, "we will see how I feel today. I can't look ahead too much in a situation like this. I felt good being out there again, we will see how the rest of the day goes and what else we are doing today and go from there."
  • Have you been cleared for contact, "I don't know, nothing new that I have been told so last time. I wasn't wearing a red jersey today so that was good."
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Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates around the net with the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates around the net with the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

12/11/17 | 1:20PM: Zibanejad spoke with the media on Monday about how he is feeling and how everything went down.

10:40AM: Zibanejad is on the ice at the Rangers morning skate today. (NYR)

12/9/17 | 5:47PM: On Zibanejad, Alain Vigneault said "he's been skating for the last three days, three of the last four and is progressing and doing well. He's coming along." (NYR)

Has he been cleared for contact, "no, just skating now. I think today was a very positive day for him. I'm not sure what the time frame is but I do know that he skated hard."(NYR)

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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Rangers C Mika Zibanejad will miss Tuesday night's game against the Panthers with an upper body injury, the team announced.

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Chris Kreider and Jesper Fast scored two goals apiece and Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves as the Rangers won for the ninth time in 11 games with a 6-1 win over the Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Wednesday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 0:52 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Brendan Smith, J.T. Miller
  • 2:26 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Brady Skjei
  • 8:50 CAR Sebastian Aho (PPG); Teuvo Teravainen, Justin Faulk
  • 10:47 NYR Paul Carey; Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Nick Holden

Second period:

  • NONE

Third period:

  • 0:20 NYR Kreider (PPG); Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Zibanejad
  • 5:45 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Kevin Hayes, Rick Nash
  • 12:26 NYR Fast; Assists: Steven Kampfer
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New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes controls the puck past Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes controls the puck past Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers scored once in the second period and twice in the third en route to a 3-0 win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 4:46 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assists: Jesper Fast, Jimmy Vesey

Third period:

  • 4:52 NYR Michael Grabner; Assists: Marc Staal, Mats Zuccarello
  • 17:31 NYR Mika Zibanejad (ENG); Assists: Zuccarello, Chris Kreider
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(AP)

The Blackhawks scored four unanswered goals -- including the first three of the first period -- to chase Henrik Lundqvist and end the Rangers' six-game winning streak, 6-3, on Wednesday night in Chicago.  >> Box score


First period:

  • 9:58 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Chris Kreider, Pavel Buchnevich

Second period:

  • 19:08 CHI Alex DeBrincat; Assists: Richard Panik, Duncan Keith

Third period:

  • 1:07 CHI Artem Anisimov; Assists: Patrick Kane, Nick Schmaltz
  • 1:53 CHI John Hayden; Assists: Cody Franson, Keith
  • 5:14 CHI Anisimov (PP); Assists: Franson, Schmaltz
  • 7:08 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Rick Nash
  • 11:56 NYR Nash
  • 16:12 CHI Anisimov; Assists: Schmaltz, Panik
  • 18:30 CHI Jonathan Toews (ENG); Assists: Brent Seabrook
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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Mika Zibanejad said recently that he wants to be the player that he is expected to be and contribute as much as he can. (Hockey Sverige)

This season Zibanejad leads the Rangers with 18 points in 18 games, 10 of which have come on the PP.

Zibanejad is averaging 18:31 per game and is winning 53% of faceoffs.

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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Mika Zibanejad met with the media following tonight's win over Columbus and said (NYR Game Notes)

On the power play …"I think we have been talking about winning those puck battles, outworking the opponent on the power play. We weren't very happy with our power play in the first two periods. I can't stress it enough that we have talked about getting those big goals from the power play. I think we were able to do that again today. We have to find a way to keep going."

 More on the power play…"It helps both units. I think both units have been doing a good job and luckily we've been getting a few goals at the end. I think to show them different threats, to not be a one-trick pony on the power play, that's important. I think using the players we have on the power play we have been doing a good job with that. It's just a matter of time."

 On the team's confidence…"It's high. It should be. I think we talked about that early on and especially after the second period that if we want to be a good team we have to find ways to win the game even though we are down. We did that and I think obviously the past three games helps that confidence and helps that feeling in the locker room of even if we are down coming into the third to be able to come back. It was important."

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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers win 00:00:24
Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault discusses the team's 5-3 comeback victory in the third period thanks to three total power-play goals.

The Rangers scored four goals in the third period en route to a 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box Score 


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 0:37 CBJ Artemi Panarin; Assists: Zach Werenski, Seth Jones
  • 4:24 CBJ Josh Anderson; Assist: Ryan Murray
  • 12:41 NYR Michael Grabner; Assists: J.T. Miller, Nick Holden

Third period:

  • 5:10 NYR Kevin Shattenkirk (power play); Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Mika Zibanejad
  • 8:01 CBJ Oliver Bjorkstrand; Assists: Brandon Dubinsky, Boone Jenner
  • 9:40 NYR Chris Kreider (power play); Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, Zibanejad
  • 11:27 NYR Buchnevich (power play); Assists: Zibanejad, Shattenkirk
  • 19:11 NYR Grabner (ENG)
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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Mika Zibanejad had a primary point on the first three goals the Rangers scored in the third period against Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Zibanejad has 7 points in the past four games and has points in 9 of the Rangers 13 games this season.

From the Rangers game notes, "Zibanejad leads the Rangers in several categories this season, including goals (eight), points (13), and power play goals (five)."

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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers' win 00:00:42
Ryan McDonagh and Alain Vigneault talk about the Rangers' toughness as they came from behind to defeat the Golden Knights at the Garden.

The Rangers scored four unanswered goals in the final period to beat the Vegas Golden Knights 6-4 on Tuesday  >> Box Score


First Period

  • 2:45 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: David Desharnais, Ryan McDonagh
  • 5:22 LV Oscar Lindberg; Assists: Alex Tuch, Deryk Engelland
  • 19:21 LV Reilly Smith; Assists: Jonathan Marchessault, Colin Miller

Second Period

  • 1:29 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assists: Rick Nash, Kevin Hayes
  • 7:06 LV Reilly Smith; Assists: Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson
  • 18:59 LV David Perron (Penalty Shot)

Third Period

  • 5:31 NYR Chris Kreider (Power Play); Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
  • 9:26 NYR Pavel Buchnevich; Assists: Mika Zibanejad
  • 14:11 NYR Mika Zibanejad (Power Play); Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk, Pavel Buchnevich
  • 18:46 NYR Michael Grabner (ENG); Assists: Jesper Fast
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Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Through three games, Mika Zibanejad has 4 goals (3 on the PP), a minus two rating, 15 shots on goal, 22 shot attempts and a 55.75 faceoff win percentage.

After scoring twice on opening night, Zibanejad said that he was doing his best to find open space and just shoot the puck. (MSG)

He said last night that the puck is going in for him and "I just am trying to place myself in a good spot out there and the guys are finding me and the puck seems to be going in. That's just the mentality. You just have to keep shooting when you are hot, I guess." (NYR Game Notes)

Alain Vigneault said on Sunday that the Rangers put a lot of faith in Zibanejad with his new contract and that he is expected to be "an impact player on our team. The way he started is the way he has to continue. He has to be a force on the ice and a difference maker and that is what we expect from him."

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New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Brady Skjei and Mika Zibanejad scored while Henrik Lundqvist recorded a shutout as the New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 17:25 NYR Brady Skjei; Assists: Michael Grabner, J.T. Miller

Second period:

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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers lose 00:01:26
Eamon McAnaney reports from Madison Square Garden where the Rangers fell to the Avalanche in their season opener.

Mika Zibanejad scored two goals in the first period, but the Rangers were unable to keep up with the Avalanche thereafter in a 4-2 preseason loss on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 5:29 COL Matt Duchene; Assists: Patrik Nemeth, Nail Yakupov
  • 10:53 COL Mikko Rantanen (Power Play) Assists: Nathan MacKinnon, Tyson Barrie
  • 17:26 NYR Mika Zibanejad (Power Play) Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk
  • 19:58 NYR Mika Zibanejad (Power Play) Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Pavel Buchnevich

Second period:

  • 17:50 COL Tyson Barrie; Assists: Alexander Kerfoot, Chris Bigras

Third period:

  • 10:57 COL Gabriel Landeskog (ENG)
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10/4/17 | Zibanejad was listed at #30 on Sportsnet's list of people who could define this season in the NHL.

They write that Zibanejad is the Rangers top-line center now and has the opportunity "to become a star" this season. (Sportsnet)

9/29/17 | Mika Zibanejad said that he spent time this offseason with what he called a "shrink guy" to better prepare for his new role and expectations this season. (NY Post)

Zibanejad said that stepping into the role as the Rangers number one center is something that he wants to do but adds that it will be "nerve-racking" at times as he adjusts.(NY Post)

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9/22/17| On the first day of training camp, Alain Vigneault said that the organization has a "tremendous amount of faith" in Mika Zibanejad and Kevin Hayes.

He added "we believe they can get it done and at the end of the day they have to."

Jeff Gorton said early in training camp that both players want bigger roles and that moves the team made have opened up opportunities.

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Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Mika Zibanejad, after being sick and not playing in the Rangers first three preseason games, will play tomorrow against the Devils. (NYR)

Zibanejad said, "the whole week before camp I was in bed and sweating and shaking. Back on my feet now and getting some skates in and getting back into it and it feels good to get back into it tomorrow." (NYR)

Alain Vigneault said of Zibanejad on Friday:

  • On his being sick, "it is what it is, we pushed him. He was sick, had to restrain the first couple of days in off-ice workouts but we have been pushing him harder the last little while. Says that his legs feel good and he is ready to go so he will play tomorrow."
  • On expectations, "since he hasn't played I haven't spent a lot of time talking to him or feeling him out, my understanding, because I think there was something in the paper that as far as expectations, they are higher on him. He understands the pressure and accountability. We expect a lot from him, no doubt. The organization went out and gave him a 5-year deal. We are showing him confidence and in return we expect performance and results from his end. Very confident that with the right attitude and work ethic and dedication he can live up to our expectations and his expectations as well."
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Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates the game winning goal in the shootout against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates the game winning goal in the shootout against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

At least nine different times during his conference call after signing his extension, Mika Zibanejad said that he was either "super" happy or excited about his five-year contract with the Rangers.

Zibanejad said that he loved being in New York and said "I'm super excited and proud of our team and our chances to do better this year."

While speaking about Zibanejad earlier this summer, Mike Johnston of the NHL Network said "he has some holes in his game defensively but what he can do offensively, my goodness." (NHL.com)

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Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Last season, Mika Zibanejad was projected by most prognosticators to produce in the 48 to 57 point range.

Zibanejad finished last season with 14 goals and 23 assists in 56 games, but on a pace for 54 points.

Zibanejad had a career high .66 points per game last season and scored 51 points in 81 games for Ottawa in 2015-16.

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After signing his five-year contract on Tuesday, Mika Zibanejad talked about how the Rangers traded Derek Stepan and that set off an "alert" that he might get a bigger role.

Zibanejad said that he is working hard this summer to make sure that he takes advantage of the chance that will present itself this season.

He said that he has had moments in his career where he has felt he could bring his game to "the next level" and that is what he has been working on this summer.

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Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

Mika Zibanejad was on NHL Tonight on Tuesday and said the following (NHL.com):

  • On the deal getting done, "you are always hoping for the deal to be done earlier but I am super happy it got done and got done before the hearing."
  • On his role changing, "you are hopeful for a bigger role every time it comes to a new season. You work for more responsibility and work hard for it and now it looks like I have the opportunity to do that. You ask anyone, no one is going to say no to an opportunity like that. I will make sure that I am prepared and doing everything I can to further the opportunity."
  • On playing in New York, "I can only speak for myself being a Swedish player, a lot of people know about the Rangers even if they aren't hockey interested. It's special, as an opponent and playing in Ottawa, you always look forward to playing at MSG and being on the road in New York."
  • On Henrik Lundqvist and his window to win, "It sounds very cliche but just focus on the next year. You can't look forward or ahead too much, you want to take the opportunities ahead of you and be as good as we can next year and really be prepared to go further than we did this year."

Zibanejad also conducted a conference call with reporters shortly after his deal was signed.

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Mar 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))
Mar 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))

Mika Zibanejad spoke on a conference call with the media this afternoon and said:

  • On Stepan being traded and his role, "seeing Derek being traded was a little bit of an alert to me that I might get a chance to play a bigger role. As a player you always want to more responsibility and a bigger role. It's something that I am working really hard to make sure that I take advantage of the chance that I am getting."
  • On not going to arbitration, "it's something that we were hoping would happen, just like it did. We were sitting in the room and Jeff and my agent were negotiating basically until the last hour. I am super happy that the deal got done and super happy to be staying in New York for the next five years and I am just really really looking for to next season."
  • On being the number one center, "you always want to improve and develop and there has always been moments where you feel you can take your game to the next level and that is what I am working on in the summer, doing all the things that I can do to prepare myself for this opportunity and I don't think there is a single guy out there that would say no to an opportunity like this. I'm super, super happy and excited for the season. You always want to improve and be better than last season. I'm super pumped and excited for this upcoming season."
  • On him and Hayes being the top two, "Hayes had a great year last year, great center, very skilled and he can score. He's a really good center and it will be a fun challenge to step into this season with him and obviously try to help each other as much as we can and push each other to be better. I'm just super, super excited right now."
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Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts after scoring a first period goal against the New York Islanders during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts after scoring a first period goal against the New York Islanders during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

11:25AM: The breakdown for the deal is (Craig Morgan):

  • 17-18: $5 million + $1 million signing bonus
  • 18-19: $5.5 million
  • 19-20: $5.35 million
  • 20-21: $2.650 million + $2.5 million signing bonus
  • 21-22: $4.750 million

10:52AM: The Rangers have announced that Mika Zibanejad has signed a five-year deal worth $5.35 million per season.

It was believed that the Rangers and Zibanejad were heading towards having an arbitration hearing today.

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Oct 13, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) plays the puck against New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 13, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) plays the puck against New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

10:55AM: The Rangers and Zibanejad avoided a hearing and came to terms on a five-year deal worth $5.3 million per season.

9:24AM: Larry Brooks tweets that "barring a last minute settlement" the Rangers and Mika Zibanejad are heading for an arbitration hearing.

The hearing, scheduled for today, was supposed to begin at 9AM in Toronto.

In 2014 it was believed that the Rangers and Chris Kreider were in an arbitration hearing before it was announced that they had come to terms on a deal.

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Mar 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))
Mar 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))

7/24/17 | Jeff Gorton is expected to meet with Zibanejad and his agent before tomorrow's hearing to try and hammer out a multi-year deal that would likely come in between $5.25 million and $5.5 million. (NY Post)

7/23/17 | 11:49AM: Zibanejad submitted $5.35 million to the arbitrator and the Rangers submitted $4.1 million to the arbitrator.

7:49AM: The Rangers and Mika Zibanejad remain "far apart" in talks with his arbitration hearing set for Tuesday. (NY Post)

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Oct 13, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) plays the puck against New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 13, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) plays the puck against New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers have submitted a request of $4.1 million to the arbitrator for Mika Zibanejad's hearing and Zibanejad has requested $5.35 million. (Friedman)

Zibanejad is two-years away from being a UFA so the Rangers are opting for a one-year award.

 

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Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Mika Zibanejad has an arbitration hearing scheduled for this coming Tuesday, July 25.

If no contract has been reached by Sunday than both parties will submit their numbers to the arbitrator for Tuesday's hearing.

Last summer the Rangers submitted $3.2 million and Chris Kreider submitted $4.75 million, for a one-year deal, before they settled on a four-year contract worth $4.625 million per season.

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New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Larry Brooks writes that the baseline contract for Mika Zibanejad is likely around $4.8 million per year but that number could increase depending on the length of the deal. (NY Post)

Zibanejad has an arbitration hearing scheduled for later this month and if he goes through with the hearing he would be eligible for a two-year reward that would allow him to become a UFA in 2019. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that Zibanejad is likely interested in a shorter term deal that could land him a bigger contract in a couple of years while the Rangers are likely interested in something around a 5-year deal. (NY Post)

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Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates the game winning goal in the shootout against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates the game winning goal in the shootout against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

Mika Zibanejad said on breakup day that he wants to be a Number One Center and that he feels there is a "great opportunity" with the Rangers for him to do that.

He said that he feels he can take on the role but added, "it starts with me and I have a great opportunity this summer to work on the things I want to work on." (NYR)

He added that the opportunity is there and it's "just up to me to go out and get it." (NYR)

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(Danny Wild)

The NHLPA has announced that Mika Zibanejad has filed for salary arbitration:

Negotiations with Zibanejad can continue on a new contract right up until the hearing is about to start.

Larry Brooks wrote today that Zibanejad will likely get between $4.5 million and $5.5 million depending on the length of his contract. (NY Post)

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Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

6/25/17 | Jeff Gorton said that the Rangers are "open to anything" regarding Zibanejad's next contract.

He said that he has spoken with Zibanejad's representatives and that they will see how the market starts to play out.

6/1/17 | In the latest issue of The Hockey News, they have project Mika Zibanejad's next contract to come in with a cap hit between $3 million and $4 million.

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New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad scores a goal past Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson during the second period in Game 6 of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad scores a goal past Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson during the second period in Game 6 of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

While speaking about Mika Zibanejad on breakup day, Alain Vigneault said that Zibanejad is at a crossroad in his career and needs to "figure it out."

Vigneault said that Zibanejad has the "tools and capabilities to be a high end center in this league and needs to put it together."

He said that Zibanejad is in a phase of figuring things out and understanding how to play in different situations and what those situations may require him to do.

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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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Mika Zibanejad had an assist, a plus two rating, 6 shots on goal, 1 shot attempt blocked, 3 shots that missed the net and 3 hits in the Rangers Game 3 win over Ottawa.

Zibanejad played 17:14 and has 7 points in his last 7 games.

On NBCSN, Keith Jones said that it was the best game that Zibanejad had played as a Ranger.

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Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) plays the puck during the second period in game five of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) plays the puck during the second period in game five of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

Mika Zibanejad scored the game winning goal in OT last night and had an assist, 3 shots on goal, 3 shot attempts blocked, 1 that missed the net and 4 hits in 17:53.

Zibanejad said on MSG that after he scored he blacked out.

While presenting Zibanejad with the Broadway Hat last night, Rick Nash said "good players find the puck and the puck finds good players."

Zibanejad said that his goal last night was the most important one in his NHL career and said that there is nothing like winning in OT in the playoffs. (Expressen)

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Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts with teammates after scoring the winning goal against Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) during the overtime period in game five of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts with teammates after scoring the winning goal against Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) during the overtime period in game five of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

Mika Zibanejad scored the OT winner for the Rangers in Game 5 and put them up in the series 3-2.

Derek Stepan said on MSG, "There were four of us standing next to each other, me, Millsy, Hayes and Zucc and we jumped higher than I have ever seen the four of us jump. It's a big goal and we move on."

On the play, Zibanejad said "I just tried to whack it to the net and when I saw it go in I just blacked out and can't remember much more." (MSG)

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Alain Vigneault, Henrik Lundqvist and Ryan McDonagh talk after the Rangers' 3-1 loss in Game 3 to the Canadiens.

The New York Rangers lost to the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first round to fall behind in the series 2-1 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 17:37 MON Artturi Lehkonen (power play); Assists: Brendan Gallagher, Tomas Plekanec

Third period:

  • 7:42 MON Shea Weber (power play); Assists: Alex Galchenyuk, Alexander Radulov
  • 15:35 MON Radulov; Assist: Phillip Danault
  • 17:04 NYR Brady Skjei; Assists: Kevin Klein, Mika Zibanejad
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Larry Brooks writes that Chris Kreider has not been making an impact in this series, other than blocking a shot from Shea Weber in Game two. (NY Post)

Vigneault said on Sunday that he is expecting more from Kreider after playing two "ordinary games." (Engels)

Through two games Kreider had four shots on goal, 3 in game two, and has averaged 18:33.

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New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi tangles up with Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi tangles up with Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Jimmy Vesey scored the go-ahead goal in the third period as the New York Rangers ended the regular season with a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 9:16 PIT Nick Bonino; Assists: Dominik Simon, Phil Kessel
  • 13:54 NYR Ryan McDonagh; Assist: Michael Grabner
  • 18:31 NYR Derek Stepan (power play); Assists: McDonagh, Mika Zibanejad

Second period:

  • 13:38 PIT Carter Rowney

Third period:

  • 7:23 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assist: Zibanejad
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Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Mika Zibanejad returns to Ottawa to play his first game against the Senators since being traded to the Rangers last July.

Zibanejad was injured when the Rangers visited Ottawa earlier in the season.

In the 35 games that Zibanejad has played since returning from injury he has 8 goals, 11 assists, 66 shots and an average of 17:17.

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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 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

9:51AM: Mika Zibanejad had two goals against Carolina on Thursday, giving him three in the past two games.

Zibanejad has 6 goals and 6 assists in the past 23 games since returning from his leg injury, has 39 shot son goal in that time and is averaging 17:05 per game.

He does have four goals and 2 assists in the past 10 games, with 19 shots on goal and 17:03 per game.

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Mar 9, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Valentin Zykov (39) celebrates his first period NHL goal with forward Sebastian Aho (20) and defensemen Brett Pesce (22) against the New York Ranger sat PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 9, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Valentin Zykov (39) celebrates his first period NHL goal with forward Sebastian Aho (20) and defensemen Brett Pesce (22) against the New York Ranger sat PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Mika Zibanejad scored two power play goals, but Sebastian Aho tallied twice in the third period as the Hurricanes rallied for a 4-3 win over the Rangers Thursday night at PNC Arena. >> Read more


First period:

  • 7:24 NYR Chris Kreider (power play); Assists: Derek StepanRyan McDonagh
  • 13:15 CAR Jeff Skinner; Assists: Victor Rask
  • 13:44 CAR Valentin Zykov; Assists: Sebastian Aho, Jordan Staal

Second period:

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Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Mika Zibanejad spoke on MSG following tonight's win and said:

  • On the winner, "score! You get those opportunities in OT and you want to take advantage and glad I was able to do it."
  • On the play, "it's 3 on 3 and it usually does go one chance one way and another chance another way. Luckily Mac got the puck and a great pass and just glad it went in."
  • On how they played, "we gave up some chances to a skilled team but we talked about a lot of things and the things we talked about we did well. It's a step forward for progress and we just gotta keep going."
  • On Raanta, "it's a pretty cool feeling to have two goalies you can trust back there. Antti, for only playing once and a while and not in a rhythm, its very impressive. We want to make sure that we have his back because he is really saving us out there, same with Hank, but in this game Antti held us in the game and gave us a chance to win.
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Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat shoots the puck as New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta defends during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat shoots the puck as New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta defends during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Mika Zibanejad scored in overtime and Antti Raanta recorded a shutout as the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 1-0, Monday at Amalie Arena. >> Read more


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

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Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

10:29PM: Alain Vigneault spoke on MSG and said that:

  • Zibanejad couldn't handle the puck after blocking a shot in the last game
  • He will know more about Jesper Fast tomorrow since he was being evaluated by the Rangers doctors at the time
  • Chris Kreider had a lower body injury, went to the locker room and, "tried to come back."

Fast left the game with 11:18 left after taking a hit from Alex Ovechkin.

Kreider missed the last 10:45 of the first period before returning to play 4:27 in the second period and 5:50 in the third period.

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Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist last night in the Rangers OT win over New Jersey.

Zibanejad was a plus three in 15:46, with two shots on goal, 1 shot attempt blocked and 1 that missed the net.

He played 4:40 in the first, 5:02 in the second, 5:23 in the third and 41 seconds in the third.

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Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates the game winning goal in the shootout against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates the game winning goal in the shootout against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

Mika Zibanejad has not scored a goal for the Rangers in 15 games but has put the puck in the net twice in the last week for the Rangers.

Last Sunday Zibanejad scored on the PP against Washington but it was disallowed because it was offside.

Zibanejad scored the shootout winner on Thursday in Toronto.

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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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