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Mats Zuccarello injured in Dallas debut, expected to be out 4 weeks

Mats Zuccarello #36 of the Dallas Stars skates

Mats Zuccarello #36 of the Dallas Stars skates up the ice against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on February 24, 2019 in Chicago. Credit: Getty Images/Jonathan Daniel

WASHINGTON — Mats Zuccarello made an immediate impact for his new team, the Dallas Stars, with a goal and an assist in his debut Sunday afternoon in Chicago. But he apparently suffered a broken right arm when he blocked a shot in the third period of the Stars’ 4-3 win over the Blackhawks.

The Stars officially listed Zuccarello with an upper-body injury, but the former Ranger told reporters he thinks he broke his arm while blocking a shot by Chicago’s Connor Murphy.

The Stars said they will send Zuccarello to Dallas for further evaluation, but the team expects him to miss at least four weeks.

Zuccarello, who was traded by the Rangers to the Stars late Saturday for a conditional second-round pick in 2019 and a conditional third-round pick in 2020, assisted on a goal by Alexander Radulov at 11:35 of the first period to put the Stars up 1-0 and scored at 1:44 of the second period to make it 3-0.

Zuccarello’s former team put up a fight, figuratively and literally — Ryan Strome dropped the gloves with Matt Niskanen and there were other minor scrums — against the Capitals on Sunday before falling in overtime, 6-5.

The Rangers twice rallied from two goals down, the second time on Brady Skjei’s second goal of the game with 30.3 seconds left in the third period. It was the defenseman’s first career two-goal game.

Evgeny Kuznetsov jammed a loose puck past Henrik Lundqvist with 39.6 seconds left in the five-minute overtime to give the Capitals the win.

Jimmy Vesey, who took Zuccarello’s spot on the top line, had a goal and an assist. Chris Kreider and Vladislav Namestnikov had the other goals.

Nicklas Backstrom (two goals), Michal Kempny, Tom Wilson and Nic Dowd also scored for the Caps.

The Rangers again played without forward Kevin Hayes and defenseman Adam McQuaid, who were left out of the lineup to protect against an injury and could be traded before Monday’s 3 p.m. deadline.

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