Blue Notes

Marc Staal's game is returning

Marc Staal of the Rangers plays the puck

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

What Marc Staal saw through his tinted visor didn’t really concern him. Columbus defenseman Nikita Nikitin was skating with the puck on the right side of his own zone, perhaps 80 feet away. Staal was on the left side of the Rangers zone.

Nikitin began to shoot, hesitated, took another stride, and whipped a wrister in Staal’s direction, apparently trying to get the puck deep.

Instead,...

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