Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 02/07/09 at 05:54 PM ET
On Thursday night, Eric Staal wasn’t on the ice or even on the bench when Carolina stunned San Jose with a shootout win. He played the first two periods, but stayed in the dressing room after the second intermission with what was reported as a “lower body concern”. Later, we learned that it was, specifically, a hamstring issue.
The Caniac nation held their collective breath, fearing that the iron man might miss his first game since March of 2004. We all let out a sigh of relief when it was announced that the captain-in-waiting is “Staal good” to play in Phoenix tonight. After a stress test and a morning skate, Staal and coach Paul Maurice deemed him perfectly fit.
“Staal is fine,” (Paul Maurice) said. “He feels 100 percent ready, wants all his minutes and doesn’t want a reduced role.”
With his clearance to play, Staal’s 307 game streak will remain active.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.