Eric Staal played 15:43 in his Rangers debut with one shot on goal, one shot that missed the net, one hit, one giveaway, one takeaway and nine faceoff wins with eight faceoff losses.
By period, Staal played 5:05 in the first, 4:42 in the second and 5:56 in the third. He played 15 minutes at even strength, 36 seconds on the PP and seven seconds on the PK.
He played 9:19 with Kevin Hayes, 8:20 with Oscar Lindberg, 5:42 with Mats Zuccarello and 5:02 with Derick Brassard. (Natural Stat Trick)
Staal said after the game that the team made him feel welcome right away and that the win is what is important.
Staal said that a lot is going through his head and that he needs to gain Alain Vigneault's trust. He continued "a lot of areas I can continue to get better at and more comfortable in. It's a starting point and continue on and look forward to the next game."
Derek Stepan said after the game that Staal "was fantastic. I really wish he would have gotten rewarded. He played well, extremely well. It's something that we can learn from, he has so much experience and is such a big body and has skill. He is a veteran guy with leadership qualities and he is going to be a big part of the team moving forward." (MSG)
Alain Vigneault said that everyone saw the size and puck protection that Staal brings but that he will need to get used to being in a new environment. (MSG)
Ryan McDonagh said on MSG that Staal was calm throughout the day and as the game continued his strengths started to show.