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Eric Staal Is Finding His Game

It seems like whenever I call out a player in an article, that player will undoubtedly produce the following game.

But hey, I love being wrong in those instances.

It seems like the Hayes-Staal-Fast is a grouping that Eric Staal really seems to feel comfortable with, and the results spoke for themselves against Pittsburgh.

Eric Staal Scores Twice Against Pittsburgh (Video)

It was amazing to see what happened once Staal made the decision to shoot the puck, rather than pass (quite literally) on opportunities. His one handed goal against the Pens was not only an amazing demonstration of effort, but also  strength.

Kevin Hayes plays a similar game to Staal and both players are very talented, so it would be something if they could continue to help spark each other’s game moving forward.

Jesper Fast adds strong play against the boards, a good forecheck, and speed to the line. As Rangers’ fans know, an effective bottom six is huge in the playoffs, and this line has the potential to be better than the 2014 Zucc/Pouliot/Brassard line.

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