Hockey player wins kudos in New York

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Mats Zuccarello Aasen, the Norwegian hockey player who made it into the US’ prestigious National Hockey League, received a rare honour this week after being named the best player in a critical match for his team, the New York Rangers.

The Norwegian who goes merely by his “Zuccarello” name abroad scored both of the Rangers’ goals in an important match last weekend and was hailed for 19 goals and 38 passes that resulted in goals after 74 matches this season. He ended up winning the Rangers’ annual “Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award,” which goes to the player who literally has made an extra effort all season long.

The New York Rangers have been battling for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and won the home-ice advantage after beating the Buffalo Sabres in their final regular season match Thursday night. The Rangers reported that the win helped the team claim second place in the Metropolitan Division and a spot in the opening round of the playoffs.

Zuccarello won kudos again for passing the puck to teammate Benoit Pouliot who scored, giving Zuccarello his 40th primary assist of the season.

newsinenglish.no staff