Mats Zuccarello registered the first 20-goal campaign of his National Hockey League career this past season, and on Tuesday he scored his first goal at the 2016 World Championships.
Playing for his native Norway, Zuccarello scored with 2:23 remaining in the third period as the Norwegians defeated Kazakhstan 4-2. Zuccarello has now recorded two points (1-1-2) in three games at the World Championships, which are being held in Russia.
This is the fourth time Zuccarello has represented Norway at the Worlds--having also done so in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In addition he has participated in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics as a member of Norway's men's hockey team. He has now scored nine goals in 29 games in international play since graduating from the junior level.
The 28 year-old Zuccarello is a finalist for the Masterton Trophy this year. He led the Rangers with a career-best 61 points and also scored a career-high 26 goals in 2015-16 after suffering a major head injury last spring and missing the second and third rounds of the playoffs.
Zuccarello and Team Norway next play on Thursday against the Czech Republic.
Also on Tuesday Rangers prospect Nicklas Jensen earned his third point at the World Championships, picking up an assist in Denmark's 3-2 overtime loss to Switzerland. Jensen, who also had four shots on goal Tuesday, has two goals and an assist through three games in the tournament.
Derick Brassard, Brady Skjei and Jensen will all join Zuccarello in action on Thursday. Brassard and undefeated Team Canada will skate against Germany; Skjei and Team USA face off with France; and Jensen will lead the Danish team against host Russia.