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Mats Zuccarello skates with Rangers before Game 6

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Mats Zuccarello and Henrik Lundqvist Tuesday in Tampa.Pat Leonard/New York Daily News

Mats Zuccarello and Henrik Lundqvist Tuesday in Tampa.

TAMPA — Mats Zuccarello made a surprise appearance at Tuesday’s morning skate, jumping on the ice late with his teammates with a smile that was contagious. Even head coach Alain Vigneault smirked as the Norwegian skated and played with the puck.

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Zuccarello had skated once alone and once with the extras prior to this, but Tuesday is his first skate with the full team since suffering a head injury on April 24 in Game 5 of the first round against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Zuccarello is not expected to play in Game 6 and remains out indefinitely but Henrik Lundqvist at least said that he hopes the Rangers can keep winning so Zuccarello can rejoin them eventually.

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