New York Rangers Blueline Up To The Task In Game 2 Victory

Marc Staal

Although the night started with firm pairings – Staal-Klein, Yandle-McIlrath, Skjei-Boyle – it ended with much mixing and mashing thanks to Klein’s late penalty and AV’s lack of trust in Dylan McIlrath.

Whoever Marc Staal played with, he was solid, unlike Game 1.

Unlike Game 1, however, Dan Girardi was not his partner.

Staal led the team with over 25 minutes of ice-time and finished with two blocked shots and a +1 rating. The difference between his play in Game 1 and on Sunday was night and day.

He blew one or two coverages, but finished on the plus side of things as a whole.