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Zuccarello injured in Stars debut, likely to miss 4 weeks

The newly acquired forward did not return after blocking a shot late in the second period Sunday at Chicago

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Mats Zuccarello was impressive in his Dallas Stars debut Sunday, tallying one goal and one assist in a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center, but he suffered an upper-body injury and is expected to miss four weeks.

Zuccarello, acquired from the New York Rangers on Saturday evening, was hit in the hand/arm area while blocking a shot by Chicago defenseman Connor Murphy late in the second period and did not return to the game.

Video: DAL@CHI: Zuccarello exits with injury in Stars debut

"Mats Zuccarello is flying back to Dallas tonight, so he can get evaluated tomorrow by our doctors," Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. "We know it's an upper-body injury and it will be at least four weeks, probably just four weeks."

Zuccarello set up Dallas' first goal Sunday, springing Radek Faksa on a breakaway goal to give Dallas a 1-0 lead in the first period. He scored in the second period to put the Stars up 3-0.

The Stars also lost captain Jamie Benn to an upper-body injury early in the game. Montgomery said it was an injury that happened Saturday and Benn was unable to play through it Sunday. Benn, who is staying with the team on the road trip, is considered day to day.

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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