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Zuccarello helps fan get date to prom

Answers call for souvenir, which Rangers forward autographs @NHLdotcom

Mats Zuccarello picked up an assist off the ice Monday.

The New York Rangers forward was responsible for setting up one couple who will attend their prom together.

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Staal brothers enjoy Rangers victory

Eric and Marc win in first game as teammates

by Colin Stephenson / Correspondent

NEW YORK -- Eric Staal had one shot on goal in his New York Rangers debut Monday, and even though he didn't score, the former Carolina Hurricanes captain is a welcome addition to his new team.

Staal, who was traded to the Rangers Sunday for prospect Aleksi Saarela and a pair of second round draft picks, won nine of 17 faceoffs and had 15:43 of ice time in a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

The happiest Rangers player to have Staal as a teammate was his younger brother, defenseman Marc, who said it was fun playing with his brother.

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game recap

Stepan saves Eric Staal's debut with Rangers

Shorthanded goal late in third period defeats Blue Jackets

by Colin Stephenson / Correspondent

Stepan's shorthanded tally

CBJ@NYR: Stepan scores shorthanded to take the lead

2/29/16: Derek Stepan skates in, uses his patience and beats a diving Joonas Korpisalo for a shorthanded goal to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead

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NEW YORK -- With Eric Staal making his debut, and brother Marc Staal sitting in the penalty box late in the third period of a tie game, it was Derek Stepan who rescued the New York Rangers on Monday.

Stepan scored a shorthanded goal with 2:48 remaining to give the Rangers a 2-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden. Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh poked the puck away from Columbus defenseman Seth Jones at the New York blue line and Stepan broke in down the left wing against goalie Joonas Korpisalo.

Stepan, a right-handed shot, cut in from the wing, faked Korpisalo to the ice, then went around him and tucked in a forehand for his 14th goal to give the Rangers (37-20-6) their fifth win in six games.

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Situation Room

Video Review: CBJ @ NYR - 20:00 of the Third Period

No goal Columbus @NHLdotcom

Situation Room: CBJ vs. NYR

Situation Room: No-goal call stands after review

2/29/16: The Blue Jackets' last second goal is waived off and, after review, it is confirmed that time expired before the puck crossed the line

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At 20:00 of the third period in the Blue Jackets/Rangers game, video review confirmed that time had expired before the puck crossed the New York goal line. No goal Columbus.

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Rangers hold moment of silence for Bathgate

Honor Hall of Fame forward, who died Friday at age 83 @NHLdotcom

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers held a moment of silence before their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden on Monday in honor of Hall of Fame forward Andy Bathgate, who passed away Friday at age 83.

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Eric Staal debuts for Rangers against Blue Jackets

Former Hurricanes captain joins brother Marc in New York @NHLdotcom

BLUE JACKETS (26-29-8) at RANGERS (36-20-6)

TV: 7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN-E, SN-O, MSG, NHL.TV

Eric Staal will make his New York Rangers debut centering a line with Oscar Lindberg and Viktor Stalberg against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

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Trade Coverage

Staal calls Rangers 'great spot' right now

Forward couldn't pass up chance to play in New York

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- In the end, forward Eric Staal could not pass up the opportunity to play with his younger brother Marc Staal and contend for the Stanley Cup as a member of the New York Rangers.

Eric, the former Carolina Hurricanes captain who was traded to the Rangers on Sunday, made it known for quite some time New York was on the short list of teams he would accept a trade to ever since rumors surfaced that Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis might go in a different direction in his rebuild.

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