Rangers' Zuccarello suffered brain contusion: 'I couldn't say a word for four days'
The forward suffered a brain contusion in New York's Game 5 victory over the Penguins, the Rangers announced Monday. The injury has not completely healed, but a full recovery is expected.
The Rangers eliminated the Penguins in five games, and Zuccarello was then ruled out of the entire second-round series against the Washington Capitals with a suspected concussion. He did not play again in the postseason.
The details of Zuccarello's ailment were more serious than initially thought.
"There was a small fracture in my head," he told reporters. "I lost my talking and some feeling in my arm and stuff. I was in the hospital for three days.
"I couldn't talk for a while. I had a contusion, some blood in my brain. That affects a lot. I went to speech therapy. I'm getting much better. I couldn't say a word for four days ... I feel much better and I'm getting better and better."
Zuccarello said there was a slim chance he could have returned to action had the Rangers advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.
"There was a small chance I might play more this year, but probably not," he said. "There's no reason to speculate now. In the beginning I couldn't talk. It was scary. But the doctors were really good and made sure I knew I'd be healthy. I was just happy to recover quickly."