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Marc Staal’s concussion comeback keeps getting better

May 8, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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It’s crazy to think of how wild Marc Staal‘s season has been. He missed the first half of the season dealing with concussion-like symptoms stemming from a hit from his brother Eric Staal last season. He made his season debut on the big stage of the Winter Classic in Philadelphia and last night he scored the game-winning goal for the Rangers in Game 5.

As ESPN-New York’s Katie Strang hears it from Staal, the long road to recovery has been a fulfilling one for him.

“I’m certainly feeling better and better,” Staal said of his progress since making his long-awaited season debut in the Winter Classic on Jan. 2. “As the year has gone on, I’ve felt better and better. Playoffs are a lot of fun and I’m having fun with it.” 

Staal’s minutes have been huge in the postseason. He’s averaging 25:20 in ice time, good for third on the team behind Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi. With two goals and three assists in the playoffs, he’s adding a little scoring punch to his defensive prowess as well. With how low scoring the Rangers are, getting five points from a blue liner makes for a great bonus.

Starting your season at the Winter Classic makes for a late beginning, but Staal would love to close the year out lifting the Stanley Cup. If he keeps playing like this, it might just happen.

  1. cruuuzcontrol - May 8, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    He’s not all the way back… Maybe he won’t be until next season… But he’s playing well enough to make a huge difference on the blue line. He’s always made huge defensive plays with his stick, and he did that last night in the clutch.

  2. bgn1987 - May 8, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    He needs to be more consistent. Defensively he sucked last night but he made up for it with his offensive play.

    • nyr1 - May 8, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      He made a great play to break up a 3 on 1 down the stretch and made some nice plays throughout the game. Don’t know what game you were watching….

    • gaborik104life - May 8, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      Yea he is terrible in NHL 12 when you play on rookie. In regards to the actual game that was all star Staal. As for being consistent he came back from an injury and needs to get back to form and lately he has been back to form. Great plays defensively and great plays in the offensive zone. Watch the game don’t play it and then voice your opinion.

      • bgn1987 - May 8, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        Maybe you weren’t watching closely. I’m as big a Staal fan as anyone but, umm, how about that stellar giveaway that led to Rupp having to back check on defense and ultimately take a penalty?
        He is not back to All Star Staal like he was last year. McD looks more like the Staal we knew the last 2 years.

  3. firemarshal1 - May 8, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Attention, can someone call Deter Jeter to ask him, if Hendrick Lundqvust can borrow his baseball glove. Lundy needs help from his catching hand.

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