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Rangers’ Marc Staal returns for Game 3

Monday, 05.06.2013 / 7:34 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / Capitals-Rangers series blog

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Rangers’ Marc Staal returns for Game 3

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal is in the starting lineup for Monday’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2). Staal, who will be paired with Anton Stralman, will replace Steve Eminger.

Forward Ryane Clowe remains out of the lineup. He will miss his fourth straight game.

Staal missed the past 29 games with an eye injury. He was injured on March 5, when a shot from Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen was deflected directly into his right eye. Staal has said he is still has blurred vision in the eye.

"As soon as I'm not second-guessing myself or hesitating and doing things I normally do become automatic is when I can jump into a playoff type game," Staal said prior to Game 1. "You go out there in a playoff game and you're thinking too much you're going to get yourself in trouble and the team."

With Staal back, here is the Rangers' lineup based on how they skated in warmups:

Rick Nash - Derek Stepan - Ryan Callahan

Carl Hagelin - Brad Richards - Mats Zuccarello

Taylor Pyatt - Derick Brassard - Derek Dorsett

Darroll Powe - Brian Boyle - Arron Asham

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi

Marc Staal - Anton Stralman

Michael Del Zotto - John Moore

Henrik Lundqvist

Martin Biron

Injured: Ryane Clowe

Scratched: Matt Gilroy, Roman Hamrlik, Chris Kreider, Kris Newbury, Micheal Haley, Steve Eminger


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We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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