Last night Marc Staal returned to the New York Rangers for game 3 against the Washington Capitals. Researching for this article it seems like none of the major news outlets, ESPN, NHL.com, and TSN, cared about his return. On each site I did not find more than a simple blurb on the subject. However I did find an article on the Rangers website that attributed Staal’s return as a major factor in the win against the Capitals last night.
Rangers head coach John Tortorella even noticed a difference with Staal being back in the room.
“Even before you step on the ice, it really helps the room (knowing Staal will play),” explained Tortorella. “He’s so well respected in the room, and this is two major injuries that he’s come back from. He’s so well liked. He helps the room.”
Even though he had no points in the 4-3 win over Washington that cut their series lead in half, Staal’s teammates give a lot of credit to him for the win including game winning goal scorer Derek Stepan.
“It’s a huge boost, he wears the A for a reason,” Stepan said after the game Monday. “He’s got a demeanor about him that he carries which guys just love. Everyone adores Marc, and I know that’s kind of cheesy when I say it, but it’s just the way it is. He’s a huge part of our team.”
As for Staal he looked solid and confident and believes that his confidence will grow as he plays more games.
“I felt pretty good going into the game and I think the confidence is going to grow the more I’m out there and the more I’m in the game situations.”
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