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Rangers’ Staal being evaluated after taking a ‘shoulder to the chin’

Dec 7, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

The New York Rangers are expected to give an update tomorrow on the condition of defenseman Marc Staal.

Staal left the game in the third period and did not return, after a collision with New Jersey Devils forward Reid Boucher just inside the New York zone. Staal exited the game, going straight to the dressing room, slamming his helmet down in the hallway.

“He took a shoulder to the chin and didn’t feel quite right so they are evaluating him now and we’ll have an update tomorrow,” said Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault, according to Blueshirts United.

Staal, 26, has two goals and three points in 29 games with the Rangers this season.

Staal’s concussion history is also an added concern in a situation like this. Each of his last three seasons have been reduced due to injuries, most notably a concussion sustained on a hit from his older brother, Eric Staal in February of 2011, and the post-concussion symptoms that followed.

  1. nicknyhc - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Of course there was no call.

    Just like there was no call on the Elias headlock, or JT Miller getting tackled on his way to the net. But the refs will call Boyle for “boarding” because Volchenkov sees him coming and intentionally turns his back on the hit.

    Apparently kicking the puck in is legal now too.

    The officiating was ATROCIOUS tonight.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      If only Henry’s pads were bigger …

      • nicknyhc - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:17 AM

        If only Toronto could get an easy call right.

        Annnnd please, for the love of God stop being a moron. I know that’s hard when you’re from Jersey….but at least try.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:42 AM

        You sound mad.

        It’s okay, you got the guy til he’s 39 for only 1/7th of your entire team’s salary cap.

      • moarjam - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:00 AM


    • nj666 - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:21 AM

      there was no kicking motion cam janssen was stopping so he didn’t wind up slamming into your precious queen….

    • thewatcher101 - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:34 AM

      It was a good non-call, Staal tried to stop Boucher from getting by and Boucher was determined to get by. They squared each other up and went to butt heads, that’s hockey.

      The resulting face off on the non-call on Miller led to J.Moore getting undressed by Ryder and the resulting goal.

  2. stakex - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    There is definite contact to the jaw there, but I really don’t see any sort of penalty. Of course this is the new Care Bear NHL…. so I guess I can understand some people looking for a call on that play. Just hope Staal is OK, especially considering his history.

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