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Topic - Marc Staal
Henrik Lundqvist had little help in front of him and couldn't rescue the New York Rangers from the loss that pushed them to the brink of elimination.
Henrik Lundqvist didn't allow a bad ending to the second period wreck an otherwise good day for the New York Rangers.
Outside and inside, the New York Rangers got the best of the New York Islanders in a pair of decisive third periods.
According to the NHLPA, 73 percent of players are wearing a visor this season, up from 69 percent last season. The Hockey News reported just 28 percent of players wore a visor in 2001-02.
Doctors are optimistic that New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal will recover fully after being struck in the eye by a deflected puck.
New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal made his return to the lineup after a nearly yearlong absence from a concussion.
On Sunday, John Tortorella insisted his New York Rangers' lineup was going to be the same. No Marc Staal, who hadn't played since April 23 because of post-concussion syndrome. Monday afternoon, that all changed.
Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is easily the Rangers' best player and is known for his vision - just about any shots he sees he's able to stop. "We just gotta ... get the puck to the net and get guys there and win the battles in front of the net," Caps center Marcus Johansson said. Putting traffic in front of Lundqvist is the way the Caps might be able to get to him. All-time, King Henrik is 11-6-2 against Washington.
"We knew that if we lost this one, potentially we could have slipped into a wild card spot if we don't win our next one," defenseman Marc Staal said. "It was a big two points for us against a team that doesn't have a lot to play for."
"It's big," New York defenseman Marc Staal said of home-ice advantage.