Monday April 27th, 2015

New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello is out indefinitely after taking a puck to the head in Friday's Game 5 of the opening-round Stanley Cup Playoffs series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Rangers defeated the Penguins 2–1 in overtime to advance past Pittsburgh in five games, but Zuccarello was limited to 4:56 on the ice after taking a slapshot from teammate Ryan McDonagh to the head in the first period.

After the puck struck his helmet, Zuccarello held his head and immediately skated over to the Rangers' bench as play continued before heading to the locker room.

The Rangers have not specified the nature of the injury beyond calling it an "upper body injury."

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Over the Rangers' five playoff games, Zuccarello has recorded two assists and 13 shots on goal over 14:35 on the ice.

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In the next round, the Rangers will face the winner of the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals series, which will come to a conclusion after Monday night's Game 7 in Washington, D.C.

Mike Fiammetta

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