Prior to Monday’s game against Minnesota, Mats Zuccarello said that he had been through tough stretches before and that he just needs to play hard and hopefully one will go in.
On Monday night, Zuccarello had his first:
- Goal of the season
- 2 assist game
- Multi-Point game
- 4 shot game
- Game with a greater than plus one rating (plus three)
Zuccarello’s points came after Rick Nash was added to his line with Derick Brassard and Dave Maloney said before the game that Zuccarello was just in need of some chemistry on the ice.
After the game, Zuccarello said on MSG that it’s nice to contribute but he can still be better. He hopes that it’s a step in the right direction.
Alain Vigneault said after the game “Mats is a real intense competitor and when he is going through one of these phases you need to reassure him more than anything else. He puts a lot of pressure on himself but tonight he was good. On their third goal it was his man and he got beat and you could see that he was getting down but hopefully a period like this can get him going.”
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Alain Vigneault put Rick Nash with Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello to start the third period last night and the trio combined for 3 goals on 8 shots.
In the third period:
- Nash had 1 goal and 1 assist and 2 shots on goal
- Brassard had 1 goal and 2 assists and 3 shots on goal
- Zuccarello had 1 goal, 2 assists and 3 shots on goal
After the game, Alain Vigneault said that this line “took the game over and it was one of the best periods I have seen three guys play in a long time.”
He added that the “Brass line really took over that period and gave us momentum” and that Brass’s line “just went to work” when the third period started.
6:34PM: Zuccarello said on MSG, ” I have been through this before, you think about it but you need to play hard. I am getting chances. Hopefully one will go in sooner rather than later. If we win I don’t care if I score but it’s those nights when you lose and don’t score that you think about it.”
10/27/14 | 9:35AM Through seven games, Mats Zuccarello has ZERO goals, 1 assist, a minus five rating, 12 shots on goal and an average of 17:36 per game.
Last seaosn, Zuccarello had:
- 1 goal and 2 assists in 11 October games.
- 2 goals and 10 assists in 15 November games
- 6 goals and 7 assists in 14 December games
Asked about his struggles this season, Zuccarello said on Saturday that he has to stay positive and that nothing will change if you only focus on the negative. (The Record)
He added that it’s hard not to think about it and that “it’s a little bit harder to sleep at night.” (The Record)
Adam Rotter: It has been a frustrating start to say the least for Zuccarello who just doesn’t seem to have the puck enough. Maybe he is a slow starter and like last year he will start creating goals and then scoring goals. The Rangers need Zuccarello to perform and it’s in his own best interest to get going with his contract expiring after the year.
Mats Zuccarello picked up his first point of the season last night and played a season high 19:18 in the Rangers 2-1 win over the Hurricanes.
Zuccarello had two shots on goal, 4 shot attempts that were blocked, 1 hit and one giveaway.
He played 5:31 in the first, 5:53 in the second, 6:24 in the third and 1:30 in OT.
Joe Micheletti said that this was Zuccarello’s best game of the season, was “tremendous” and thinks that his performance will “spur” him on. He added that Zuccarello battled all night, got knocked down, went to the net, stole pucks and doesn’t mind taking a hit to make a play. (MSG)
He started the game, mostly, with Kevin Hayes and Carl Hagelin, before being put with Derick Brassard and a rotation of Chris Kreider and Ryan Malone.
Brassard had a big smile on his face when talking about being put back together with Zuccarello and added that he felt last night was Zuccarello’s best game of the season. (Daily News)
Asked about the game, Zuccarello said that it was “time to get a win” and it was “delicious.” He said that there was a “heavy” feeling hanging over the team so they needed the win and played a better game than they had in a while.(Nettavisen)
5:49PM: Zuccarello said that his shoulder is not where it should be but others are hurting and there is no excuse. (TV2)
He said that the Rangers have been in this situation before and just need to work hard to get out of it. (TV2)
10:19AM: Mats Zuccarello told BT in Norway that the Islanders were a “bit lucky” last night since the Rangers gave them some easy goals. Zuccarello said that it’s bothersome to lose like that when the team feels they are playing well. (BT)
Zuccarello said that the Rangers started badly last year so they can look back on their experience with that but added, “we have to get out of the swamp rather quickly.” (BT)
Asked about his return to the lineup, where he played 16:22, was a minus one, 1 shot on goal, 2 shots that were blocked, 1 takeaway and one hit, Zuccarello said that his shoulder was no excuse and that other players are playing hurt as well. (BT)
10/14/15 | 5:31PM: Zuccarello said that his shoulder is getting better. He said that he wouldn’t go out there and risk anything but he will be out there tonight. (TV2)
10/13/14 | 7:47PM: The Rangers had no update on Zuccarello today. (NY Post)
10/12/14 | 10:37PM: Mats Zuccarello sat out tonight’s game after taking warmups and is being called “day to day” by Alain Vigneault. (MSG)
Asked if he thought Zuccarello would be ready for Tuesday against the Islanders, Vigneault said that he didn’t want to speculate.
On Saturday against Columbus, Zuccarello had two incidents where he was banged up.
Zuccarello was hit by Marko Dano and went to the locker room.
He later collided with Jack Skille and looked to be in discomfort.
Through two games, the line of Carl Hagelin, Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello has:
- Hagelin: minus 2, 6PIM, 3 shots, 14:38 per game. On ice for 17 shot attempts for, 25 against. (HS)
- Brassard: minus 3, 1 shot, 15:49 per game, 48.6% on faceoffs. On ice for 15shot attempts for, 23 against. (HS)
- Zuccarello: minus 4, 9PIM, 4 shots, 15:27 per game. On ice for 17 shot attempts for, 25 against. (HS)
Zuccarello said after the game last night, “we haven’t been good enough in both games. We need to step it up, contribute more offensively and there is no excuse there, we need to play better.” (NYR)
He added, “we gotta step it up, our line, we need to contribute more. Tonight our line didn’t show up and we didn’t play well in the last game either, so two bad games isn’t good enough.” (NYR)