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Brothers collide: Eric and Marc Staal

Updated: November 17, 2011, 4:24 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPN.com

Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal claims he didn't know it was his kid brother there along the boards with his head down, fighting another Carolina player for the puck. Things happen fast in a hockey game, everyone later sighed heavily and agreed. Eric just saw a player in a white shirt. And he hit him. Hard. The raw force of the collision is clear even from still images of that Feb. 22 check, not just the gasp of the crowd that comes across loud and clear in the YouTube video. The impact ...

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