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Staal good to go

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. 

David has contributed to CBC.ca for their Stanley Cup playoff coverage in 2006 and to the New York Times Slapshot blog for theirs in 2008. Red and Black Hockey was founded in July of 2005.