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He's back: Zuccarello makes surprise return for Stars against Flyers

The forward had been out of the lineup since sustaining a broken arm in his Dallas debut against Chicago on Feb. 24

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars got a key player back for Tuesday night's game against the Philadelphia Flyers at American Airlines Center.

Forward Mats Zuccarello, who has been out since breaking his arm on Feb. 24, returned to the lineup on a line with Jamie Benn and Roope Hintz.

Tweet from @DallasStars: Official roster for tonight's game just came in and @zuccarello36 is in the lineup.He's playing, folks. #GoStars

Zuccarello, acquired from the New York Rangers on Feb. 23 for draft picks, has played just one game with Dallas, recording one goal and one assist in his Stars debut against Chicago on Feb. 24. But he suffered a broken arm in the that game while blocking a shot by Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy. Zuccarello underwent surgery two days later and was expected to miss at least four weeks.

Tuesday marked five weeks since the day of the surgery for Zuccarello, who had been awaiting for medical clearance to return to action.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club.

Mark Stepneski has covered the Stars for since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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