Redemption for Zuccarello

After being a healthy scratch in Philadelphia due to his paltry offensive output, the last thing Mats Zuccarello wanted to do upon being re-inserted back into the line-up Saturday night in Detroit was this…

If Torts was still running things, Zuccarello would have surely been Bickel'd to the bench for the remainder of the game. Thankfully for Zucc, Torts is patrolling the bench up in Vancouver and AV is a much more forgiving man. Because in the third period, we all became thankful Torts was handed a pink slip this summer, when "The Hobbit" did this…

Here's Zuccarello on turning around his recent struggles (via New York Post)…

“I had lost too many pucks down low, I tried to be stronger on that,” he said. “I tried to be smarter out there and play my game.

“I put pressure on myself to do well. It’s something you think about at nights. Everybody goes through it, but you have to stay positive.”

…while I always appreciated the accountability Torts demanded, I felt he took it too far at times with his benchings, which were counter-productive as it kept players from being able to redeem themselves.

…all a player can ask for is a second chance after a mistake. Which was granted to Zuccarello, who rewarded his coach with a hard working, clutch goal.

…there's been a lot of criticism of AV's hands off approach (including from myself), but by allowing the Zuccarello the opportunity to get back out there and make a play instead of being a spectator for the remainder of the night, the Rangers head coach might have jump started Zuccarello and the Rangers season.

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