GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello sustained a brain contusion and a hairline fracture of his skull in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins that sidelined him for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he said Monday.
Zuccarello, who was hit in the head by a Ryan McDonagh slap shot on April 24, said he even lost feeling in his arm and was unable to talk for four days. He is expected to make a full recovery.
"I was in the hospital for three days," Zuccarello said Monday at Rangers breakup day. "I couldn't talk for a while. Just had a contusion, some blood in my brain. That affects a lot. Now I go to speech therapy. I'm getting much better. I couldn't say a word for four days. I feel much better.
"I had a small fracture in my head. I lost my talking and some feeling in my arm and stuff."