Rangers’ Marc Staal Takes a Slap Shot to the Face (Video)

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Every player in the NHL knows that the possibility of taking a puck to the face is something that simply comes with the territory of playing the game they love for a living.  But that doesn’t make it any less painful or horrifying when it does happens.  For proof, look no further than last night’s game between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden, as Rangers defenseman Marc Staal was seen squirming around on the ice in pain after taking a Kimmo Timonen slap shot to the face.

The incident took place immediately following a third period faceoff in the Rangers’ zone, as Timonen’s blast from the point deflected off the stick of Jakub Voracek and straight into Staal’s face.

Check it out:

That final slow-motion close-up of the puck making contact with Marc Staal’s right eye sure gives you a good idea of just how painful that must have been.  Don’t be surprised if this play reignites the debate regarding the mandatory use of visors.

As for Staal’s condition, the Rangers haven’t provided any updates as of yet, but from the looks of it, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear something along the lines of a broken orbital bone.  Until we get word, let’s cross our fingers and hope that it’s something much less, like a few stitches and a black eye.

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