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Marc Staal won’t play tonight after returning Monday

May 8, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers skates against the Washington Capitals in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 6, 2013 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Capitals 4-3.
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Defenseman Marc Staal returned for Game 3 of the New York Rangers’ first-round series against the Washington Capitals on Monday after missing roughly two months due to a scary eye injury.

The Rangers have moved him back on the sidelines though after he logged 17:17 minutes in his return. He wasn’t statistically noteworthy in the Rangers’ 4-3 victory, but he did have an impact in that contest.

“It’s huge. He makes the D-core calm,” Rangers forward Derek Stepan said after Monday’s game. “He’s got a presence about him that he can just control a game. He did a great job tonight.”

It’s not clear why Staal isn’t playing, but he did admit on Monday that his “eye was kind of acting up” last week, according to the Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti.

The good news for New York Rangers’ fans is Ryane Clowe will return from an undisclosed injury. He’s projected to play with Derek Dorsett and Arron Asham in his 2013 playoffs debut.

  1. 950003cups - May 8, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    He mentioned he was being rushed back by Torts. Seems like if they don’t make it out of this series, Torts is Toast.

    • stakex - May 8, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      Where exactlly did you see that?

      • 950003cups - May 9, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        Just found it

        From Staal’s comments he is definitely hinting he was back too early against his better judgment

    • gaborik104life - May 8, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      I’m with you stakex. Second time he has posted this yet I have not seen a damn thing about this.

  2. 950003cups - May 8, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    I have to look. It’s actually the only time I’ve posted if.

  3. cameltoews - May 8, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Marx Staal has never once said he was being rushed by torts or anyone else. You made that completely up. Even if a player was being rushed by his coach that would never go to the media.

  4. 950003cups - May 8, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    I think it’s BS. It was some blog. Couldn’t find it anywhere else. If there’s any truth to it, it’ll be talked about again.

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