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Rangers clip Canes, Marc Staal hurt

2/23/2011

The Rangers held on to sole possession of seventh place in the East with a 4-3 shootout win against the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night. Of course the Blueshirts may be faced with an equally big loss.

Staal Suffers Knee Injury

Marc Staal twisted his knee in the first period but gritted through it for 20 minutes of ice time before leaving the game. Head coach John Tortorella said after the game that it was “not real serious” according to the AP report, but anything involving the health of the Rangers’ No. 1 defenseman has to have folks a little antsy.

His knee is sure to get a good test Friday against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

Shootouts = Winning Time

If the Rangers make the playoffs they may actually owe it to the shootout. (A nice thought after last season’s disappointment in the regular season finale.) The Blueshirts are a league-best 7-2 in shootouts, tied with the Los Angeles Kings. And if you wanted a tie-breaker to the NHL’s, uh, tie-breaker, you can give the nod to New York, who edged the Kings in the shootout last week.

Gaborik Update

The update is that there is no update. And that doesn’t seem likely to change.

After an examination in New York, the Rangers offered no new information on the status of Marian Gaborik or any timetable for a return. As you’ve no doubt seen this season with Sidney Crosby, return dates from concussions are incredibly murky. Basically, Gaborik won’t be on the ice until he is. The Rangers need to prepare themselves accordingly.