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Zucker Returns but Suffers Gruesome Injury in 2nd Period

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Pittsburgh Penguins, Jason Zucker injury

If it wasn’t bad luck, Jason Zucker would have no luck at all.

The Pittsburgh Penguins winger has endured injury-filled two-plus seasons since the Penguins acquired him near the 2020 NHL trade deadline. Last season, he suffered a broken leg and missed significant time. This season, he missed the last 30 games due to core muscle surgery, and 37 of the last 38 games with the injury.

On Thursday night, Zucker returned to the Penguins lineup after core muscle surgery in January. His latest Penguins stint lasted about 30 minutes. Midway through the second period, Zucker got a little shove towards the wall from Kevin Fiala and went awkwardly into the wall.

Zucker’s ankle and leg buckled as he hit the wall. TV replays showed Zucker pointing to his knee, in agony.

It was a gruesome injury.

Two players, including captain Sidney Crosby, helped Zucker off the ice.

As Jason Zucker lay writhing in pain, the Pittsburgh Penguins scored their third goal. Crosby and newly acquired Rickard Rakell completed a two-on-one when Crosby set up Rakell for his second goal of the game, and third goal since being acquired at the NHL trade deadline.

The Pittsburgh Penguins led 3-2 after 40 minutes, and each team took four penalties.

 

Zucker played his first game in Minnesota since the Penguins acquired him near the 2020 NHL trade deadline. Zucker played nine seasons with Minnesota. He earned an assist one minute into the game when Rickard Rakell deflected John Marino’s shot. It was Zucker’s 14th point (6-18-14) in 32 games this season.

Officials did not call a penalty on Fiala.

Update: “I don’t have anything for you as far as where we are at. He is being evaluated as we speak. I feel for him. He’s worked so hard to this point and I knew this game was an important one for him,” head coach Mike Sullivan said following the game.

Update #2: Zucker was in the Penguins locker room after the game. In the brief clip, it did not appear that he was on crutches, though he was shown only from the chest up.

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Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
8 months ago

Sorry for Zucker small players will get hurt with hard hitting NHL heavy weights this is what the playoffs will look like hope he can make it back

Uros
Uros
8 months ago
Reply to  Chase Cranson

Yup, he was injured by a hard hitting giant named Fiala.

Rhodepop
Rhodepop
8 months ago

Wow. Too bad. Zucker is equal parts Beau Bennett and Derek Brassard.

Dan N
Dan N
8 months ago

Well it looks as if this team has run out of gas..Certainly can’t matchup against this team..as a matter of fact other than Detroit who do they match up with…strength down them middle huh..Crosby 34 Malkin 35 Carter 37 Boyle 37..why in the world did Carter get a 2 year extension ? Okay face it Caps catch them then they play Florida Tampa or Boston first round…see ya

Katz
Katz
8 months ago

“Just Play”

Dan
Dan
8 months ago

Looks like Fiala knew right away he was hurt and didn’t return to the play… Standup guy right there.

Uros
Uros
8 months ago

Unfirtunately this seems like a season ending injury. I really hope I’m wrong. I’m devastated for him. The guy just can’t catch a break.

Katz
Katz
8 months ago
Reply to  Uros

Yes true. He took a dangerous push ,clearly a penalty. Nothing called. No pushback. Imagine that occurred to a Minnesota forward?

Last edited 8 months ago by Katz
Peter Hoffman
Peter Hoffman
8 months ago

I feel so bad for Zuck! Dude cant catch a break!

Greg
Greg
8 months ago

As a coach once said if you play hard and within the rules no one should get hurt. I still remember that from my high school days. I would have to count the years on my fingers and toes a little over two times. The officiating was a horrible. At first they called it tight , then they let them beat on each ot her.

A. Lifeson
A. Lifeson
8 months ago

Love the Penguins but I feel they’re going to get physically beat again this playoff year. Time to beef up and get younger and with more players who are hungry for a cup that never raised it. Time fir Burke to throw his weight around in this organization.

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