Rangers' Mats Zuccarello hit in face by teammate's slap shot

ByKatie Strang ESPN logo
Saturday, April 25, 2015

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello was knocked out of Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night at Madison Square Garden and did not return.

The diminutive Norwegian winger was hit in the face by teammateRyan McDonagh's slapshot during the first period and left the Rangers' bench to head to the trainer's room. He appeared woozy as he slowly skated to the bench.

Carl Hagelin scored the game winner in overtime to send the Rangers to the next round of the playoffs, eliminating the Penguins with a 2-1 win.

A Rangers spokesman said after the game that Zuccarello is being evaluated.

The Rangers are already without defenseman Kevin Klein, who has yet to return since sustaining a broken arm on March 11.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.