Mats Zuccarello out indefinitely

Updated: March 23, 2012, 8:29 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- Halting a promising stint since his recall from the minors, Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello fractured his left wrist when he was struck by a puck in the first period of New York's game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Zuccarello turned away from a shot taken by Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold at 8:48 on Friday night and was struck. After nudging the puck, he immediately skated to the bench -- with his left arm hanging limply at his side -- and gingerly climbed over the boards.

There were no other updates, and the Rangers said the 24-year-old Zuccarello would be out indefinitely.

The injury to Zuccarello likely will signal Ruslan Fedotenko's return to the lineup. Limited to one goal and one assist in his past 16 games, the veteran winger was scratched for the second straight game Friday.

Zuccarello, a 5-foot-7 fan favorite, was playing in his 10th Rangers game this season -- his second in the NHL. Zuccarello had no points in the first three games of the season before being sent down to Connecticut of the AHL.

Zuccarello was recalled on March 11, and had an assist that night in a victory over the New York Islanders. He scored goals in consecutive games against Colorado and New Jersey before being held scoreless in the Rangers' win over Detroit on Wednesday.

Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Katie Strang and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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