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Video: Puck catches Marc Staal in the eye

Mar 5, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT

If you’re squeamish, this might not be the post or video for you.

New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal left Tuesday’s 4-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers after taking a puck to the eye, as you can see in the clip below. (Again, it’s rough.)

It’s worth noting that Staal has just recently gotten over some worrisome concussion problems, so that’s among the many concerns (including loss of vision).

NBC’s own Liam McHugh provides this frightening screen capture:


That happened late in the third period of game that just finished, so it’s too early to tell how bad things might be for Staal.

It’s difficult to argue with many people who point to it as yet another reason that every player should wear a visor, but it seems like that debate won’t die unless the NHL makes them mandatory.

  1. orangeandblack67 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Looked pretty bad. Best wishes to Stall.

  2. soj83 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    scary, hope he is going to be ok

  3. johnstone17 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    One of those scary moments in the game we love. Get well soon Marc!

  4. whatthepuck2012 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Not a Rangers fan at all, but you never want to see that…hope he’s ok!

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Every sane person really hopes Staal will be OK. But it must be said, so I’ll volunteer: VISORS VISORS VISORS.
    Eventually, I suspect due to insurers threatening to raise rates, everyone will wear one. Until that happens, some guys will make the extremely foolish choice to value comfort over being able to see.

    • johnstone17 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      Going to have to start it at the AHL level.

      • rochockey11 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:54 PM

        Visors are already mandatory in the AHL.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      This debate was just happening on TSN and I agree with the idea that it could be made mandatory with a grandfather clause for guys who currently don’t wear them (like it was for helmets).

      With that being said, I really hope Staal is alright. Rarely do you see hockey players, some of the toughest athletes out there, react the way he did after that puck hit him. Scary stuff to watch.

  6. nicknyhc - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Hey Sabres fans….did the puck actually hit Staal or is he faking like Richards?

    • lightingthelampsince88 - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      Hey Nick…..Sabres fan here with a question? Why is it that I come to see a story about Marc Staal’s injury and your on here chirping a teams fanbase that wasn’t involved in the story at all? Go get a life champ.

      As for the visors, until the NHL forces these guys to wear them, guys will always take the risk so they can have better vision. Not saying it’s right but if you asked Marc Staal prior to last night he probably would’ve laughed at the idea of visors.

  7. sjsharks66 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    ^ it hit staal. richards was faking.

    • nicknyhc - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      So I guess you subscribe to my Sabres fan conspiracy theory then…

      The “Brad Richards injury conspiracy theory”:

      Richards decides that throwing himself head first into the boards in a 1-0 regular season game when his team is already on the powerplay is worth possibly breaking his neck and never walking again. He decides to use poor Patrick Kaleta as a scapegoat and eagerly awaits Kaleta to approach him from behind. He then proceeds to throw himself head first into the boards and squirms in agonizing pain, which of course was all a show. After the penalty is called he decides that going to the locker room would add credibility to his scam even though the penalty has already been called.

      After the game he bribes Ryan Miller to say during an interview that it was a bad hit that he doesn’t like to see in the game. Richards then calls up Mike Millberry and Keith Jones and bribes them to both agree that it was a terrible hit. The next day, to add further credibility to his story, Richards sits out of an important game against the flyers.

      Makes perfect sense, huh?

      OR….maybe Kaleta threw a bad hit. 😉

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        You clearly wanted to get all that off your chest in a second comment section. I’m hoping you can let it go now. Both sides have a point, in many people’s eyes, and Kaleta got suspended. Case closed.

  8. dkphilly1122 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    That was just downright nasty. Best of luck to Staal. I can’t agree more with mandatory visors…..they have to in the AHL so why not in the NHL, which is a faster paced game and faster pucks flying around. Anyone with half a brain would want Visors made mandatory to prolong a players career without fear of losing an eye, broken orbital bones, broken nose or anything broken from the mouth up…..Good luck Staal!!

  9. pariseinminnesotabichez - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Wear a visor you duster

  10. crispythirteen - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    As much as I hate the Rangers, I hope Staal is ok. It’s amazing how much classier the Flyers/Rangers rivalry is than the Flyers/Penguins.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      What the hell did the Flyers/Pens have to do with any of this, and is it truly all that classy to bring it up in that fashion?

  11. gnazarov - Mar 6, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Oh man, yeah that was tough to watch. Hope he can come back from this.

  12. ibieiniid - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    hellooooo new new facebook cover photo.

    flyers fan: but for real, my stomach clenched when i saw him squirming. you don’t see an NHL player do that every day. hopefully he’s ok.

  13. obnoxiousDCfan - Mar 7, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    Can’t tell you the last time I saw an athlete in that much pain. Wish him a speedy recovery.

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