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Marc Staal makes debut in Classic

Updated: January 2, 2012, 9:09 PM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

PHILADELPHIA -- New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal made his season debut in a 3-2 Winter Classic win against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Coach John Tortorella delivered the surprising news just hours before the league's annual outdoor game, after telling reporters Sunday that Staal would not be available to play.

Staal missed the first 36 games of the season because of lingering effects from a concussion sustained on a hit by his older brother Eric last February.

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