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NEW YORK -- Hockey rarely gets much attention in Norway, a skiing-obsessed nation that turns to soccer when the snow melts. Dee Gordon Jersey . Mats Zuccarello is changing that. Zuccarello is only the seventh player from Norway to make it to the NHL, and hes the first to make it to the Stanley Cup finals. Now, "Zucca" has Norwegians staying up late to watch New York Rangers games and checking the stats to see if he scored. "A lot of Norwegians have fallen in love with Zuccarello," says Roy Kvatningen, sports editor for Norwegian online paper Nettavisen. "First and foremost because hes successful at what he does. He won the scoring title in Norway, he won the scoring title in Sweden, and now hes playing on the biggest stage in the world. "Hes also got a cool name and a good personality: confident, but down to earth." Former teammates of Zuccarello and his mother are being interviewed by Norwegian media. Downhill skier Kjetil Jansrud and players on the national soccer team have sent him congratulatory messages. In his fourth NHL season, all with the Rangers, Zuccarello notched 19 goals and 40 assists in 77 games. He added four goals and seven assists in 20 post-season games to help New York get to the finals for the first time in 20 years. "Some people, like my close family and friends that have been following me since I was young, are really excited," he said. "I told everyone its a huge opportunity for me to play, but at the same time nothing is won yet." The affable 26-year-old winger hopes his success will build up hockey at home, but he knows it will take a lot more than that. "I would love to be a role model for younger players back home and create some more buzz around hockey," he said. "Hopefully this can help. If I was Norwegian or not, I would be equally happy to play in the Stanley Cup finals." Norway finished last in the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament. Zuccarello believes a greater commitment is needed within the country before success outside of it can be reached. "We have 25 rinks. There is no ice in the rinks during the whole summer," he said. "... How are you supposed to be a good hockey player when you go four months with no ice?" Zuccarello says Norway hasnt made a commitment to hockey since Oslo hosted the 1952 Olympics. "Nothing," he said in a frustrated tone. "We have one new rink in Norway that is not from 52. They have renewed it a little bit, but our main rink in Oslo was built in 52, and thats not good enough. Its got to start from the top. Its going to cost money, but the government has money. Youve got to use it to get new rinks, get people excited to go to a hockey game with new seats. Norway is considered the "little brother" in hockey circles to Sweden and Finland. Sweden has 10 times as many rinks than Norway, Kvatningen said. Zuccarello was fortunate to attend a hockey-centric high school and then played three seasons in Norways elite league. From there he went to Modo in Swedens premier league before signing a free agent deal with the Rangers in 2010. He watched the Stanley Cup finals as a youngster in the early morning hours. The first one he recalls was the Colorado Avalanches victory over Florida in 1996 when he was 8. The Avalanche, with Swedish star Peter Forsberg, was Zuccarellos favourite team. They won that series in a four-game sweep -- ending it with Uwe Krupps goal in triple overtime. "I remember waking up. I was going to school, I turned on the TV and Uwe Krupp scored the overtime winner," Zuccarello said. "I didnt think it was live. I thought it was taped." He might be about to create a lot of sleepless nights for grown-ups and kids alike back home once this series against the Los Angeles Kings begins Wednesday. Family members and friends are planning to make the trip to New York to see him play live in Games 3 and 4. They will have to make room for other Norwegian tourists who are looking to make the trek, too. "I know already that more Norwegians have been travelling to New York to catch a game at Madison Square Garden," Kvatningen said. "Even if theyre not hockey fans, its a great experience for Norwegians to go over there and see a small Norwegian guy getting celebrated." Randy Johnson Jersey . -- Mike Shanahan gave Robert Griffin III a rest, and may have turned up the pressure on himself, too. Dee Gordon Mariners Jersey . Thornton emerged as one of the leagues best defensive ends against the run in 2013. The former undrafted free agent from Division II Southern Arkansas led Philadelphias linemen with 78 tackles and had one sack. http://www.baseballmarinersofficial.com/ . The hard-serving 22-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., became the first Canadian to be ranked in the Top 10 on the ATP World Tour thanks to his runner-up performance at Rogers Cup in Montreal.Jason Day will take a two-shot lead into the weekend of the Arnold Palmer Invitational as Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose surged into contention on day two at Bay Hill. Leaderboard Arnold Palmer Invitational Day made the most of perfect scoring conditions early on as he fired a flawless 65 to claim the early clubhouse lead on 13 under, and he enjoyed a five-stroke advantage as the later starters hit the course.But Stenson trimmed Days lead to two as he covered the inward nine in just 31 to return a superb 66, a score matched by Rose in the group behind as the Englishman went bogey-free. Rory McIlroy avoided a weekend off as he bounced back from his opening 75 with an encouraging 67 which lifted him to two under, although he has 11 shots to make up on the leader. Day holds a two shot lead going into weekend Day started at the 10th and followed a pair of pars with a neat pitch to inside three feet at the long 12th to set up his first birdie of the round, and he added another at 16 after narrowly missing an 18-foot putt for eagle.Day then rolled in a huge 35-footer for birdie at the 17th, and he picked up another shot at the third, where his 91-yard approach almost spun into the cup for an eagle-two.The world No 2 carded another birdie at five and he got up and down from a greenside bunker for another gain at the next, and he capped a superb days work in thrilling style as he drained another birdie putt from just inside 40 feet on the ninth green. Day had been five clear earlier in the day It was great. I felt like I couldnt do anything wrong out there, said Day, whose halfway score was just one outside the tournament 36-hole record. I was driving it nice and driving it really long. I had several shots to hit a lot of greens and I putted fantastic.To hole 125 feet of putts was fantastic and the putts on nine and 17 definitely helped that along. But I was very, very pleased. My goal was to try and stay patient but still aggressive and it worked out over the last two days.Stenson emerged as Days closest challenger as the Swede recovered from an early blemish at the second with birdies at the sixth and eighth, and he also birdied every other hole on the back nine - closing in stylee with a 20-foot putt for a three at the tough 18th. Felix Hernandez Jersey. Rose opened with three pars before getting up and running with three consecutive birdies from the fourth, and excellent pitched to the 10th and 12th set up further gains for the world No 8. Justin Rose during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill He two-putted for his sixth birdie of the round at the long 16th and parred safely in to close on 10 under, while his compatriot Paul Casey is three shots further back as he continued his encouraging recent form with a 69, although he took the gloss off an excellent inward nine with a bogey at the last.The Englishman dropped a shot at the first after pulling his drive into the rough on the left, but he responded with a 15-foot putt for birdie at the third before getting up and down for another at the long fourth.Casey took another step back at the ninth when he missed a four-footer for par after bunkering his approach, but he reeled off three birdies in four holes after the turn and two-putted from distance for another at 16. Paul Casey made four birdies on the back nine, but a bogey at 18 left him on seven under But a blocked drive and a pulled second cost him a shot at the last as he slipped to seven under, while South Korean veteran KJ Choi (70), Jason Kokrak (68) and David Hearn (67) were all a shot further adrift in the clubhouse.But Matt Every, champion for the last two years at Bay Hill, will not make it a three-peat as he missed the cut after a disappointing 74 which included a triple-bogey seven at the 11th - his second hole of the day.Every finished on one over, a shot outside the cut mark, while Luke Donald will also have the weekend off after an erratic 75, closing with a double-bogey six at the last when he put his second shot into water.Meanwhile, Saturdays third round will start much earlier than scheduled due to the threat of electrical storms that are forecast to hit the Orlando area in the evening. 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