Eric Staal had two goals for the Rangers last night, getting his first point in 6 game sand his first goal in 10.
Staal had four shots on goal, his most with the Rangers since March 8th when he had 5 against Buffalo.
Ryan McDonagh said that Staal was close for a handful of games but "obviously it's good whenever it goes in, especially twice in one game." (MSG)
Eric said that his comfort and ability to make plays "is coming" and that he is comfortable playing both center and wing. He noted that Kevin Hayes seems to move better and be around the puck more when he is at center. (MSG)
Alain Vigneault said that "without a doubt" Staal's line was the best for the Rangers last night and that Staal played a "good game." (MSG)
He added that Staal continues to take positive steps in understanding the Rangers style and is a very positive player on the bench.
Vigneault continued, "I like what he is bringing to the team."
Larry Brooks writes that Staal was the Rangers best forward against the Penguins and was "dominant at times" with the puck. (NY Post)
Eric told Larry Brooks that it doesn't matter how many times you have scored in your career, when the puck doesn't go in it hurts your confidence. (NY Post)
Since joining the Rangers, Staal has 3 goals and 2 assists with 23 shots and an average of 16:25 per game.
Adam Rotter: Hopefully the Staal, Hayes, Fast line can keep something going and roll into the playoffs with some chemistry. It's been a lot of shifting, both in personnel and position for Staal but the Rangers need to find the right spot for him as well as Kevin Hayes and others.
Staal is in a role where he isn't being heavily relied on and he wasn't acquired for any major pieces or something that changed the roster. He can fly a little under the radar now as the Rangers head to the playoffs but there will be an expectation that he play a big role in a few weeks.