10:27PM: Zuccarello said after the game, via the Rangers, ““I don’t think you can describe it in words. It’s surprising and I am really humbled. I have to thank everyone; it’s really big for me. I would probably put it as one of the highs in my career, so it’s really huge just to be a part of this team. There are so many guys here that deserve this prize and for me to get it, it’s pretty humbling.”
7:49PM: Zuccarello spoke with Al Trautwig during the first intermission and said:
- “It’s hard to describe. I am really honored. It’s a big thing for me and playing on a team where everyone gives 100% every night and I get chosen, I can’t really describe the feeling other than to say that I am really honored.”
- “I think everyone wants to give 100%. I don’t do anything special. I just try to work hard every night.”
- On the Zuccs chant, “it gives you confidence and you appreciate and it’s hard to describe how you feel. Being at MSG and hearing those words, you need to pinch yourself and enjoy it for sure. It’s something that everything in the locker room appreciates.”
7:09PM: Mats Zuccarello has won the 2013-14 Steven McDonald Extra Effort award.
The award is given to the Ranger who performs “above and beyond the call of duty.”
Connor McDonald said, “this years award goes to a guy, a small man who plays a big game, number 36, Mats Zuccarello.”
Steven McDonald said “what a great night, thank you. We hockey fans are told that there are no easy victories in the NHL and how knows that better than the Rangers and their fans. Together we will push each other and drive each other and god willing the Stanley Cup will be here. The other night we were reminded what it meant to perform above and beyond the call of duty when two of my brothers and sisters in the NYPD were overcome by flames and smoke and they were saved by members of the FDNY… So coach Vigneault, the New York Rangers, just remember that, to perform above and beyond for the next two months.”
THIS SECTION is all about the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award.
New York, April 8, 2014 – The New York Rangers announced that Mats Zuccarello has been named winner of the 2013-14 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, presented by Lenox Hill Hospital.
The Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award recognizes the player who performs “above and beyond the call of duty.” The award, which is voted on by the fans, is named after New York City police officer Steven McDonald, who was shot and injured in the call of duty on July 12, 1986. The award has been given annually since 1988 to the player who fans believe plays with extra effort on the ice.
Zuccarello, 26, has registered 19 goals and 38 assists for 57 points, along with 32 penalty minutes in 74 games this season. He has established career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, power play goals (four), power play assists (13), power play points (17), game-winning goals (four), and shorthanded goals (one) this season. Zuccarello leads the Rangers in points, is tied for the team lead in assists, ranks second in goals and power play assists, is tied for second in plus/minus rating (plus-11) and power play points, third in game-winning goals, and fifth in power play goals this season.
The Oslo, Norway native joins Jan Erixon (1987-88, 1990-91) and Henrik Lundqvist (2005-06) as the only European-born players who have won the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award. Zuccarello made his second career Olympic appearance this season, representing Norway at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. His 57 points this season are the most by a Norwegian-born player in one season in NHL history.