That makes sense as much as anything else, being that it’s pretty surprising that Zucker was able to bounce back from a scary moment where his leg bent awkwardly when New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei fell on it. (You can see video of that unsettling moment in the clip above this post’s headline.)
You never know how a player might feel after sleeping through the night, or even waiting a few days. But Zucker was able to return to that game, and Bruce Boudreau indicated that he was OK following the win:
“A lot of guys got bumps and bruises tonight. We blocked 27 shots so I expect everybody to be sore, but I haven’t heard anything on not being able to play.” — Bruce Boudreau on Jason Zucker & others. pic.twitter.com/vshJEIwISx
The latest edition of the Push for the Playoffs stated it plainly: this was a big game for the Wild. Considering how little room for error Minnesota has in chasing a playoff spot, losing to the Rangers would have been extremely painful.
Perhaps that’s why Zucker pushed through his more literal pain on Saturday, then?