In his return to the lineup last night, Mika Zibanejad played 13:32, had one shot on goal, 1 shot that missed the net, 1 hit, 4 blocked shots and was 4 and 5 on faceoffs.
He played 4:45 in the first, 5:17 in the second and 3:30 in the third with 2:18 on the PP.
Zibanejad said that he felt a little rusty but that it was a "decent game" for his first time back. (NYR & NYR Game Notes)
"I think when you are out this long, you have a little bit more jump into your game. Your legs are going and obviously you're a little bit more tired after the first, but throughout the game I felt pretty calm. It's just the plays, the plays and the timing, and I think that's what you just kind of get back into slowly. I'll get a good practice tomorrow and another game on Thursday." (NYR Game Notes)
"Nerves were there for the first shift and after that it was just normal. It was fun to be out there playing again and playing games. It is not fun to skate by yourself, as much as you get to work on a lot of different things. It's fun to play and fun to be part of a win like this as well." (NYR Game Notes)
Alain Vigneault said that Zibanejad was trying to find his rhythm and that "I am sure he will be better next game." (NYR)