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Not only that but he has had head injury problems before with concussions. I saw this happen live too, flipping between NBCSN and NHLN. Really scary, think of what happened to Bryan Berard.

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Not only that but he has had head injury problems before with concussions. I saw this happen live too, flipping between NBCSN and NHLN. Really scary, think of what happened to Bryan Berard.

 

Not to mention what happened to Chris Pronger. He took a shot to the head a couple years ago and is no longer playing.

NHL Network mentioned there are a lot of players out there who don't wear the shield and that a shield might have lessen this type of injury. Hope it will end up not too serious.

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Rangers' Staal out indefinitely, full recovery expected

Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 6:11 PM / News

NHL.com

 

New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal is out indefinitely but is expected to make a full recovery from the eye injury he sustained Tuesday, the team announced Wednesday.

 

Staal was struck in his right eye by a deflected puck in the game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

 

"Marc Staal was examined today in New York by Dr. Mark Fromer, ophthalmologist, and Dr. Mendel Markowitz, maxillofacial surgeon. The injury has improved significantly and both doctors are optimistic that Marc will make a full recovery. Staal will be sidelined indefinitely," the Rangers said in a statement Wednesday evening.

 

Staal was injured 5:45 into the third period when Kimmo Timonen's redirected slap shot from the point hit him in the face, around his right eye. He fell to the ice and was writhing in pain as blood poured out of his face.

 

Staal, who does not wear a visor, eventually was able to skate off while covering his eye to stop the blood from dripping out.

"It's a tough, tough one," right wing Rick Nash said after the Rangers' 4-2 victory. "We're hoping the best for him; just hoping it's not the thing we all think it is."

 

Goalie Henrik Lundqvist said he believes the puck hit Staal flush on the right eye, leaving him with cuts above and below his eye. Dan Girardi, Staal's defense partner, said he was engaged in the corner with Flyers forward Scott Hartnell so he didn't see the puck hit Staal, but he heard it.

 

"It was scary," Lundqvist said. "He was in a lot of pain. It was tough to focus after that, really tough."

Staal had played in every game this season after a concussion forced him to miss the first 38 games of last season. He made his debut in the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic against the Flyers.

 

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Thoughts and prayers for Marc and the whole Staal family. The MD reports predict a good prognosis,

so hope our Captain and second line center can relax a little----so that they can keep their game focus !

Edited by UNCCaniac8

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Whewww.. glad the outlook looks good.. hate to see that happen to ANYONE much less the brother of your team captain.  

 

Get well Marc! 

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