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Doctors optimistic Rangers defenceman Marc Staal will recover fully from eye injury

Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 8:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Doctors optimistic Rangers defenceman Marc Staal will recover fully from eye injury

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Doctors are optimistic that New York Rangers defenceman Marc Staal will recover fully after being struck in the eye by a deflected puck.

Staal was injured Tuesday night in the third period of New York's 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. The 26-year-old defenceman will be sidelined indefinitely, but was already showing improvement on Wednesday, the Rangers said in a statement.

Staal's specific injury hasn't been disclosed.

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