It was one of the headline trades made just before the NHL trade deadline – Former Peterborough Pete Eric Staal was on the move for the first time in his career. With his contract up after this year, there was lots of speculation that he’d be moved, and it was the New York Rangers – for whom his brother Marc already plays – who did pick him up.
He had been having a less productive year offensively than he’s used to, but that was not apparent at all in last night’s Rangers-Penguins game.
— CBS Sports NHL (@CBSSportsNHL) March 28, 2016
In fact, it was the eldest Staal who opened the scoring for the game, and in pretty spectacular fashion at that. I don’t know about you folks, but I need both hands on the stick to even try direct the puck toward the net. But that’s why I’m not playing in the NHL and Eric Staal is. Check out this beauty:
It was his 12th goal of the season, and second as a member of the Rangers – and a very good sign for a Rangers team that are looking for another deep playoff run. Another good sign? The second goal Staal added later in the game:
However, his solid personal effort was not enough to overcome the Penguins, who used goals from Matt Cullen…
… and former Leaf Phil Kessel…
… to tie the game and send it to overtime, where Sidney Crosby deflected the puck in for the winner.
Even though the Rangers didn’t win the game, as of right now it looks like there will be enough time for revenge… If the playoffs were to start today, this would be one of the first round matchups.