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Zuccarello Named NHL's Second Star of Week

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello on Monday was named the NHL's second star of the week.

Zuccarello led the NHL with five assists and was second in points with seven in four games this week for the Blueshirts, who extended their winning streak to nine with a 4-3 win over Toronto Sunday night. Zuccarello scored the game-winning goal with 53.8 seconds left in the third period.

The Oslo, Norway-native leads the Rangers with nine goals and nine assists for 18 points in 18 games this season.

"Obviously when you get more confidence, you make those plays that are hard to make when you're not that confident," Zuccarello said of his game-winner Sunday night. "It's a nice feeling to be that confident. The whole team is like that. We have a good stretch here, so it's a good feeling."

Head coach Alain Vigneault praised the play of the crafty winger after the win.

"There's no doubt that he's on top of his game and he's finding a way to make a difference in the games," he said. "Again, tonight he comes up at a huge time and gives us a game-winner."

Zuccarello finished Sunday night's game with a goal and two assists, the second three-point game he's had in the Rangers' last three games.

Zuccarello's eight even strength goals is tied for the League lead, while his nine goals overall are tied for fifth.

Colorado's Matt Duchene was named the NHL's first star, while Toronto netminder James Reimer was the third.

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