New York Rangers' Mats Zuccarello Making His Own Luck

By Steven Carollo
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You can call Mats Zuccarello‘s game-winning goal for the New York Rangers against the Detroit Red Wings lucky, but there is more behind it.

If you did not see the game or watch the highlights, Zuccarello attempted a pass to set up a goal with five minutes left in a 0-0 tie, but was instead rewarded with a goal himself. Right when Zuccarello attempted to pass across the ice to set up a bang-bang play, a Red Wings defenseman got his stick on the puck and deflected it into his own net, making it a Zuccarello goal.

So, did he receive a gift from the hockey gods? The common perception of luck is something that happens to someone by accident, whether good or bad. With Zuccarello, this is not true.

Zuccarello’s “good luck” during the 2013-14 NHL season is all due to his hard work and effort. He puts it all out there on the ice during every single game, and his 12 goals, 22 assists and 34 points on the season will agree. I mean, there was a chance Zuccarello was not even going to be on the Rangers’ roster this season and there was much talk over whether he even deserved a contract renewal.

Now, not only should his contract be renewed for another year, but perhaps for multiple years. This is all not by accident. Zuccarello is simply making his own luck this season.

Steven Carollo is a New York Rangers and sports writer for Follow him on Twitter, add him on Facebook, connect with him on LinkedIn and join his Google network.

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