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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Without Zuccarello, Norway drops to Russia

By Katie Strang

The Rangers got a brief scare Monday when goaltender Henrik Lundqvist went down following a collision in practice with Swedish teammate Erik Karlsson -- Lundqvist later returned to the ice and appears to be fine -- but they may have a more legitimate concern with an injury to their leading scorer Mats Zuccarello.

Zuccarello, the lone NHL player on team Norway, missed Tuesday's qualification-round game against host country Russia with a hand injury. It is not immediately known how severe the injury is or how it was sustained.

Without Zuccarello, the Norwegian team was blanked 4-0 by the Russians, who advance to the quarterfinals and will face Finland on Wednesday.

Zuccarello, one of seven Rangers competing in Sochi, Russia during the 2014 Olympic Games, leads the Blueshirts with 15 goals and 43 assists in what has been a career season for the diminutive winger.