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Staal out again tonight, says he ‘just wasn’t able to play’ in Game 4

May 10, 2013, 1:18 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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Why didn’t Marc Staal play Wednesday after making his much-anticipated return to the lineup on Monday?

Whatever the reason, the Rangers’ defenseman wasn’t willing to share specifics today.

“I wasn’t able to go,” he said, per’s Dan Rosen. “I’m not going to go into any detail of what happened. I just wasn’t able to play.”

Staal said he made the call to sit out following the morning skate prior to Game 4.

“On the ice it didn’t go particularly well, and as the day went on I just couldn’t see myself getting into a game situation,” he said.

Staal played 17:17 in Game 3, finishing with a minus-1 rating.

The 26-year-old had been sidelined since March 5 when he was struck in the eye with a puck during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Staal won’t play tonight in Washington either.

“I’ll wake up [Saturday] and go at it again,” he said. “With this thing, the way I’ve been dealing with it is I wake up in the morning and take it from there. I couldn’t speculate one way or the other.”

  1. micklethepickle - May 10, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Is this going to be a career-ending injury for him? I really hope not. What a horrific injury, and a freak occurrence. Can’t believe any player wouldn’t put on a visor after reading about/watching that happen. Just terrible. Seriously hope he makes a comeback in the near future (and that NYR trades him to play with his brothers on the Carolina Staals!).

    GO CAPS!

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 10, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      Maybe a trade is what he’s trying for!

  2. villi5ed - May 10, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Excellent player, excellent guy. Get well soon and for keeps, Marc.

  3. mpops86 - May 10, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    “With this thing, the way I’ve been dealing with it is I wake up in the morning and take it from there. I couldn’t speculate one way or the other.”

    Certainly sounds like it could be PCS. Hope I’m wrong, but my guess is he suffered a concussion on the shot and is having a setback in recovering.

  4. jb8383 - May 10, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Quoted in the NY post today:

    “It takes an honest and humble decision by him knowing he didn’t want to put the team in jeopardy,” McDonagh said after the Rangers’ 4-3 win Wednesday night at the Garden. “It takes a lot of guts to do that.”

    Mac should shut up,” Tortorella said after yesterday morning’s practice in Greenburgh. “It’s none of his business.”

    • mathieug79 - May 10, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      That’s why I couldn’t play for this guy, I would knock him the F$%&*@ out!!

  5. bronxsanman - May 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Get well soon stallzy.Cant wait to see you back on the ice.

  6. crusty14 - May 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    He is out with what is being described as an ” upper eye injury”

  7. jeffchadwick - May 10, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Why would a guy who suffered that injury have to enumerate for the media exactly why he wasn’t able to play? Seriously, PHT?

    • mattybo - May 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      Not only that, he had a horrendous recovery from his last concussion (ahhh, brotherly love).

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