The Norwegian youngster, called up to sub for Marian Gaborik, seemed pretty poised after the optional here in Westchester a few minutes ago.
Zuccarello, who will wear No. 36, as he has in Hartford, said what you might expect about the transition from Europe to North America: This game has more speed and hitting. One notable adjustment recently was to saw off a couple inches of his stick in order to better handle the puck in traffic.
Oddly enough, if he hadn't been called up, Zuke would've been at the Garden tonight anyway. He had purchased tickets for his mother, brother, and stepfather who are visiting from Norway.
Henrik Lundqvist, who will start tonight, was on ice with Zuccarello and six other players: Stepan, Sauer, Prospal, Christensen, Anisimov and White. Marty Biron came out later to work with Prospal.
Michael Del Zotto is recovering from the stomach virus that wiped him out, spoke to him briefly here, but he won't play tonight.
More quotes from Zuccarello later....and plenty from the game tonight at MSG.