Mats Zuccarello was in the playful corner when the New York Rangers faced the Pittsburgh Penguins, but a collapse of 3. period destroyed poengmulighetene in Sunday's 5-6 loss.
after the Rangers had equalized to 3-3 by Ryan Strome 18 minutes out in the midtperioden, after having been at 1-3, varnish guests from New York city as a sieve defensively in the first ten minutes of the 3. period.
First put Kris Letang into a 4-3 after roughly four minutes. So increased Yevgeny Malkin to 5-3 less than two minutes later. The same man set shortly after the 6-3 and made the task for the Rangers is quite impossible.
New York Rangers reduced twice in the last five minutes, but they gulkledde from Pittsburgh kept away in the final seconds.
Still, it was gratifying, seen with Norwegian eyes, that Zuccarello played a good game and scored two goals. 1-1-scoring with 40 seconds left of the first period came on the power play. The Norwegian fired the puck hard into the front of the goalie, and the puck hit an unfortunate Teddy Blueger, who control the puck in the goal.
After two Penguins-goals in the second period reduced Zuccarello, who has been hotly linked away in recent months. Mika Zibanejad shot on goal, Casey DeSmith in Penguins-cage vartet up with a fantomredning, but on the rebound poked the Norwegian 31-year-old into 2-3.
It was only the third time this season that Zuccarello scored at least two in a match. He got the most time on ice of all Rangers players with 26 minutes and 34 seconds, and the goals on Sunday that he has listed for målpoeng (either target or målgivende) in eleven matches in a row.
Still kept it not for the Rangers, who lost his fifth fight in the last eight attempts. They are now on 12.-place in the Eastern Conference, a full 34 points behind the trusted leader Tampa Bay Lightning.Two målgivende from Zuccarello