Mats Zuccarello, Rangers' forward, scores in return to hockey
Bruins win game; Zuccarello counts after recovery from fractured skull
Brad Marchand scored in the sixth round of the shootout to give the Boston Bruins a 4-3 home victory over the New York Rangers in exhibition play Thursday night.
Ryan Spooner and Frank Vatrano also had shootout goals. Spooner and Brandon Carlo scored in the third period to help Boston overcome a 3-1 deficit. Tyler Randell also scored for Boston, which lost defenceman Zdeno Chara to an upper-body injury in the first period.
Jeremy Smith made 22 saves for the Bruins.
Brady Skjei, Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes scored for New York. Zuccarello and Dan Boyle scored in the shootout.
Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves in two periods, and Jeff Malcolm stopped 15 shots in the third period and overtime.
New York's Lundqvist, Zuccarello, Derick Brassard, Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh made their preseason debuts. For Zuccarello, it was his first game action since Game 5 of the Metropolitan Division semifinal series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. His skull was fractured when he was struck by McDonagh's stick in the first period of New York's 2-1 series-ending victory.
Before the game, New York assigned Richard Nejezchleb and Travis Oleksuk to Hartford of the American Hockey League affiliate and released Jayden Hart and Kirill Kabanov. Hart and Kabanov attended camp on tryouts.