Marc Staal, cut by deflected puck, doesn't return

Marc Staal of the Rangers gets hit by

Marc Staal of the Rangers gets hit by the puck in the third period of an NHL game at Madison Square Garden. (March 5, 2013) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Marc Staal, bloodied near the right eye by Kimmo Timonen's point shot that deflected off Jakub Voracek's stick at 5:45 of the third period, did not return and the Rangers had no official update. Several players and coach John Tortorella called it "scary." "You could feel it took the life out of the bench and the whole crowd," Ryan Callahan said. Added Dan Girardi, "I heard the shot and I heard him. He was in a lot of pain."

 

Richards' rare scratch

Suffering from the boarding-from-behind by Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta on Sunday, center Brad Richards was scratched for the first time this season. Richards, 32, did not complete the morning skate in Westchester and was not made available to the media.

Asked if there was any long-term concern, coach John Tortorella said "No . . . he's banged up." That description was the same when previously asked about Rick Nash, who missed four games last month, partly because of what were believed to be post-concussion symptoms. Richards, who appeared stiff at the skate, may have a sore neck.

The struggling veteran center has two goals and 11 assists and hasn't scored in 15 games. In February 2011, while with the Dallas Stars, Richards missed a month following a concussion in a collision with Columbus' Sami Pahlsson.

 

Blue notes

Derek Stepan, who hobbled off in the third after blocking a shot but returned, was wearing an ice pack on his right ankle . . . Stu Bickel and Scott Hartnell each received 10-minute misconducts for exchanging punches when Hartnell was checked into the Rangers bench by Nash at 17:06 of the third period.

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