Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Staal's hit on Stajan
In case you missed it during Monday's 2-1 Ranger win over Calgary, Marc Staal caught Matt Stajan flush with a clean shoulder KOing the Flame center with 10:21 left in the third. As Stajan makes a backhand pass with his head down, the fourth-year Ranger defenseman follows through with a left shoulder across the ex-Leaf's right shoulder, connecting with the chin. The refs got it correct not calling a penalty on the play which in no way was malicious. Simply put, Staal caught him and made certain it was from the front. No question it was lethal. However, there was nothing wrong with it and reminded us of classic Scott Stevens across the Hudson. You hope Stajan will be okay going forward. But for Staal, this is exactly what we need to see more of. We're not advocating injuring guys here but just playing physical. It's the way this team plays and why they've had success. Tonight, they get tested by leading scorer Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis. We'll see if Staal, Danny G and Co. are up to the challenge on Turkey Eve in St. Pete.