Mats Zuccarello arrived at Madison Square Garden roughly three hours before Sunday night's contest against the Islanders---his first for the Rangers since being recalled from the Connecticut Whale earlier in the day. And it didn't take Zuccarello long to make his mark with the Blueshirts again as the popular forward from Norway earned one assist and helped ignite the Rangers power play, which tallied three times on Sunday.
Zuccarello was credited after the game by his coach and teammates for his consistently strong effort on the Rangers top power play unit---which consisted of him, Brian Boyle, Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards, and Anton Stralman.
"I think Zucc made some subtle plays, smart spread plays," explained Rangers head coach John Tortorella. "He made plays we honestly haven't seen, and I think some guys were surprised by his passes. he certainly helped us tonight."
Brad Richards was also impressed with Zuccarello's play.
"He's a smart player, and with that much open ice (on the power play) he's a very effective players," Richards said of Zuccarello. "I think it's great they used him (on the power play) because he's a heady player, doesn't panic with (the puck)."
Overall Zuccarello logged 10 minutes 40 seconds worth of ice-time in the game---6:34 of which was on the power play. He recorded one shot on goal and assisted on Richards' second goal of the contest in the second period.
"I felt really good out there, and the power play really clicked tonight," said Zuccarello. "Every time you get out there you want to do your best, even if you play 20 minutes or ten minutes. All I can do is do my best and see how it goes. I can't do anything more than that. It felt good today, and we'll see how it goes."