Staal Out for Game 5, Maybe Series (Updated: Video)

Update, 2:36 p.m.:
Here's video of Staal's post practice interview…


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Original Post:
While it's great to hear that Marc Staal was back on the ice this morning, that's pretty much where the good news ends as far as his return from an eye injury.

After announcing that he will not play in Game 5 tonight he added this about what went into his decision to pull himself from Game 4 (via NHL.com)…

"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. It's tough. You get excited to get in that one [Game 3] and have to sit and watch the next [Game 4]. It's certainly not easy."

He added this about his status for the remainder of the series…

"I'll wake up [Saturday] and go at it again," Staal 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."

Pat Leonard at the Daily News has the full transcript of Staal's post practice interview this morning.

This obviously means that Steve Eminger will be back on defense.

…ugh. Is it me or does he sound like he's talking about a concussion? This whole situation is so depressing. And according to the beat writers, Staal was very down today.

…while I always want to be upbeat about the Rangers chances, if they can't get Staal back soon I have serious reservations about how far this team can go in the playoffs.

…i know every team has their injuries, but the Rangers have been jinxed. Think about the Blueshirts roster with Staal, Sauer and Cherapanov.

Speaking of injuries, here's Ryane Clowe on his Game 4 return and how he expects another physical game in Washington tonight…


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