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Extra: Zuccarello snares first point in Rangers romp

Rangers wingers Mats Zuccarello (36) and Marian Gaborik

Rangers wingers Mats Zuccarello (36) and Marian Gaborik (10) celebrate a power play goal by Derek Stepan at 10:34 of the third period. Zuccarello assisted the goal for his first NHL point. (Dec. 27, 2010) Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

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Mats Zuccarello drove three hours through the blizzard from Bridgeport Sunday night to play his second NHL game, during which he registered his first NHL point, an assist on Derek Stepan's power play goal at 10:34 of the third period.

Zuccarello, 22, the Norwegian winger who made his NHL debut against Tampa on Thursday, played for the Connecticut Whale on Sunday and was called up again. His mother and step-father, visiting from Europe, had rented a car and he jumped in. "Their plane got cancelled, so they came to Bridgeport in the rental. I had no clothes, we just drove right here and stayed in a hotel. It's (the weather) not that bad in Norway"

Zuccarello, who had three shots and three hits in 16:48, mostly playing with Marian Gaborik and Stepan said he didn't know how long he would stick around, but it appears he will play against the Devils on Wednesday in Newark. "The nerves are are out of the body, you know the drill around the locker room, you know the players a little more. [The point] is not that important, it's more important that we win."

Meet Chris Drury, former center-turned-hybrid forward. Or as coach John Tortorella describes it, "a utility guy for me."

Drury, the team captain who played his fifth game last night since returning from a re-broken left index finger, was on right wing with center Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky. "I want to keep [Derek] Stepan, Artie and Brian Boyle, three young centers, in their positions so he’s going to be playing wing," said Tortorella. "I'm using him in all situations, very similar to what it was last year. He's done a really good job on faceoffs, as we've needed." Drury had two assists in the four games prior to last night and two more last night, on Matt Gilroy's goal in the first and Dubinsky's in the third and won six of 10 faceoffs.


The 52 shots were the most the Rangers mustered since 57 against the Islanders on March 5, 2007, a 2-1 win, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, and tied a season-high for shots in a period with 18 in the both the first and second periods....Brian Boyle has 10 points in the last 10 games..The Rangers were 2-for-4 on the power play and have scored with the man advantage in eight of the last 11 games...Derek Stepan has goals in four consecutive games....Henrik Lundqvist is 8-4-1 with a 1.89 GAA and three shutouts in his last 13 games.

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