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Mats Zuccarello
Mats Zuccarello
Left Wing  - NYR
(zoo-ka-REHL-oh, MATS)
Number: 36
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 179
Shoots: Left
Born: Sep 1, 1987  (Age 26)
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Hometown: Oslo, Norway
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Acquired: Signed with Rangers as an undrafted free agent on May 26, 2010.
NHL CAREER
2012-13: Tied for fifth on the team with a career-high, plus-10 rating ... Tallied six points (three goals, three assists) in the final seven games of the season ... Tallied his first career shorthanded point with an assist on Apr. 1 vs. WPG ... Established playoff career- highs in games played (12), goals (one), assists (six), points (seven), penalty minutes (four) and shots on goal (22) ... Led the team in power play assists during the play- offs (three) ... Ranked second on the team in playoff assists and playoff points ... Recorded his first career playoff points with two assists in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on May 6 vs. WSH ... Registered his first career playoff goal, along with playoff career-highs five shots on goal and a plus-two rating in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on May 13 at WSH. 2011-12: Tallied his first career power play goal on Mar. 11 vs. N.Y. Islanders, following his recall from Connecticut (AHL) earlier in the day. ... Missed the final eight games of the regular season with a fractured wrist sustained on Mar. 23 vs. Buffalo. ... Registered a game-winning, power play goal and a season-high, three shots on Mar. 19 vs. New Jersey. ... Tallied a power play assist on Mar. 11 vs. N.Y. Islanders. ... Assigned to Connecticut (AHL) on Oct. 15. ... Appeared in three games from Oct. 7 to Oct. 15, recording one shot on goal over the span. 2010-11: Tied for the team lead with nine power play assists and ranked seventh with nine power play points. ... Tied for first on the Rangers and fifth and second in the NHL, respectively, with five shootout goals and three shootout game-deciding goals, and ranked second on the team with a 55.6 percent shootout percentage. ... Tied for fifth on the team with 13 assists at home. ... The Rangers posted a record of 4-1-0 when he tallied a goal and 13-4-1 when he registered a point. ... Was credited with a career-high five hits at Detroit on Feb. 7. ... Posted his first career multi-goal game with two goals vs. Philadelphia on Mar. 6 … Recorded a career-high three assists vs. Florida on Jan. 25. ... Notched his first NHL goal, the overtime game-winner, and added an assist vs. Carolina on Jan. 5. ... Recorded his first NHL point with a power play assist vs. the Islanders on Dec. 27. ... Tallied a shootout goal while making his NHL debut on Dec. 23 vs. Tampa Bay. ... Made his NHL playoff debut on Apr. 13 at Washington.

AHL CAREER
2011-2012: Ranked fourth on the Connecticut Whale in points (36) and assists (24), fifth in power play goals (five), and was tied for fifth in goals (12) at the time of his recall on Mar. 11. ... Posted nine multi-point efforts, including three, three-point performances. ... Recorded an AHL career-high, three assists on Nov. 12 at St. John’s. ... Registered an AHL career-high, seven-game point streak from Nov. 26 at Springfield to Jan. 13 at Norfolk, recording five goals and six assists over the span, including four consecutive two-point efforts from Dec. 2 at Providence to Dec. 9 vs. Hershey. 2010-11: Recorded 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists) in his last 24 AHL games, including four goals and nine assists in his last 10 contests with Connecticut. ... Led all Connecticut rookies in goals, points, shots on goal (107), and power play goals (three), and ranked second in assists at the time of his recall on Apr. 8. ... Posted an AHL career-high, four points (three goals, one assist), including his first career hat trick in a 7-1 win vs. Bridgeport on Nov. 7. ... Made his AHL debut on Oct. 9 vs. Charlotte. ... Tallied his first career point with a goal on Oct. 15 at Albany.

EUROPEAN CAREER
2009-10: Skated in 55 games with MoDo of the Swedish Elite League (SEL), registering 23 goals and 41 assists for 64 points, along with 62 penalty minutes. ... Established career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points and penalty minutes. ... Led the SEL in scoring with 64 points, en route to capturing the Guldhjälmen award as the league’s Most Valuable Player. ... Ranked third in the league in goals and shots (164), tied for third in assists, and led all SEL forwards in average icetime (22:17). ... 2008-09: Appeared in 35 SEL games with MoDo, recording 12 goals and 28 assists for 40 points. Ranked third among MoDo skaters in points and assists and fourth in goals. ... 2007-08: Named Norwegian "Player of the Year" after tallying 64 points (24 goals and 40 assists) in 33 games with Frisk Asker. ... Established GET-ligaen career-highs in assists, points and penalty minutes (48). ... Placed second among GET-ligaen skaters in assists and tied for sixth in goals. 2006-07: Established GET-ligaen career-highs in games played (43) and goals (34). ... Ranked second in GET-ligaen in goals (34) and tied for third in points (59). ... Led Frisk Asker in goals and points. ... Tallied a team-leading eight points (four goals and four assists) in seven playoff games. 2005-06: Split season between Frisk Asker (GET-ligaen) and Frisk Asker Under-19 team. ... Made GET-ligaen playoff debut, recording two penalty minutes in four games. 2004-05: Registered 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 points in 27 games with Frisk Asker Under-19 team. ... Made his GET-ligaen debut.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER
2010: Skated for Norway at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, placing third on the team in scoring with three points (one goal and two assists) in four contests. ... Participated in the 2010 World Championship in Germany with Norway and finished the tournament tied for the team lead in goals (three) and second in points (four) in six contests. 2009: Tallied three goals in six games for Norway at the 2009 World Championship in Switzerland. 2008: Skated for Norway at the 2008 World Championship in Quebec and Nova Scotia, notching one goal in seven games. 2007: Tied for fifth in scoring at the 2007 Under-20 Division I World Junior Championship in Sweden with seven points (two goals and five assists) in seven games. 2006: Tied for second among Norway skaters with two assists in six games at the 2006 World Junior Championships in British Columbia. 2005: Tied for sixth among all skaters and led Norway to a Division 1B Gold Medal at the 2005 Under-18 World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic. 2004: Made international debut with Team Norway at the 2004 Under-18 World Junior Championship in Belarus, tallying two assists and eight penalty minutes in six games.

BACKGROUND
Is an avid golfer. ... Enjoys spending time with his friends. ... Lists Rihanna as his favorite musician. ... His favorite movies are The Hangover and Gladiator. ... His favorite sport other than hockey is soccer, and his favorite team is Manchester United. ... Is a fan of the television show "Gossip Girl" and "King of Queens". ... His first job was as a lifeguard. ... Single.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS
May 26, 2010 -- Signed with Rangers as an undrafted free agent.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

LONGEST POINT STREAK: 3, (three times) (last -- March 15, 2011, to March 20, 2011) (three assists)

LONGEST GOAL STREAK: 2 (twice) (last -- March 17, 2012, to March 19, 2012 (two goals)

LONGEST ASSIST STREAK: 3, (twice) (last -- March 15, 2011, to March 20, 2011 (four assists)

MOST GOALS, GAME: 1 (eight times) (last -- March 19, 2012, vs. New Jersey (Brodeur)

MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 3 on Jan. 25, 2011, vs. Florida

MOST POINTS, GAME: 3 on Jan. 25, 2011, vs. Florida

MOST PIM, GAME: 2, (twice) (last -- March 4, 2011 at Ottawa)

MOST SHOTS, GAME: 5, (twice) (last -- Feb. 22, 2011, at Carolina)

FIRST NHL GAME: Dec. 23, 2010, vs. Tampa Bay

FIRST NHL GOAL: Jan. 5, 2011, vs. Carolina (Ward)

FIRST NHL ASSIST:
Dec. 27, 2010, vs. N.Y. Islanders

CAREER IN SHOOTOUT

ATTEMPTS: 10
GOALS: 5
SUCCESS RATE: 50 percent
GAME-DECIDING GOALS: 3