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Staals hope for better memory for parents in Montreal

by Arpon Basu

The first time Henry and Linda Staal watched their two eldest sons play on the same NHL team, things didn’t go so well for Eric and Jordan Staal’s Carolina Hurricanes.

It went so badly, in fact, Eric Staal all but erased it from his memory.

Henry and Linda Staal will be at Bell Centre to watch their sons take on the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night, and Eric thought it would be their first time watching a game live since Jordan was traded to the Hurricanes by the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2012 NHL Draft.

Not so, says Jordan, who pointed out his parents were in the building in Florida on the 2012-13 season’s opening night to watch the Hurricanes play the Panthers.

“He’s not very smart sometimes,” Jordan quipped about his older brother.

When told of this, Eric did finally remember his parents being at that game.

“That one didn’t count,” he said. “We lost the game 5-3 and I think we were both a minus-2.”

In fact, the Hurricanes lost that game 5-1, and while Jordan Staal was indeed a minus-2 on the night, Eric Staal was a plus-1. Both brothers are clearly hoping their parents bring some better luck with them to Montreal.

Eric Staal can’t be faulted for putting that game out of his memory, seeing as the Hurricanes have been on a tear since losing their first two games, going 8-2-1 in their last 11 with Eric notching at least a point in every one of those games.

Henry and Linda Staal should be hoping that streak continues Monday night, or they may never be invited to another game again.

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