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Rangers D Marc Staal back in lineup for Game 3 after being out since March with eye injury

Monday, 05.06.2013 / 8:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Key defenceman Marc Staal is back in the New York Rangers lineup Monday night for the first time since he was struck near his right eye by a deflected puck on March 5.

Staal is returning to action at a critical time for the Rangers, who entered Game 3 against the Washington Capitals down 2-0 in the best-of-seven, first-round series. New York has scored only one goal in the two games, including a 1-0 loss at Washington on Saturday.

The Madison Square Garden crowd cheered wildly when Staal, who is wearing a visor, was shown on the centre-ice video board as part of the starting lineup before the national anthem.

Steve Eminger was scratched from the lineup to make room for Staal.

Rangers forward Ryane Clowe (suspected concussion) remained out for New York.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery