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Watch Rangers' Marc Staal get hit hard in the eye with puck

March 06, 2013|By Chuck Schilken

New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal suffered a gruesome injury Tuesday night, when the puck hit his right eye after a hard slapshot by Philadelphia's Kimmo Timonen.

Timonen's shot from the blue line clipped the stick of Flyers forward Jake Voracek and caromed up into Staal's eye, causing a cut with some blood visible on the ice.

The sixth-year player squirmed on the ice and held his face but was able to skate off on his own.

There were no details on Staal's injury after the game, a 4-2 Rangers victory.

The incident has already sparked talk of the need to make protective visors mandatory for NHL players. Staal wasn't wearing one.

Take a look at the injury in the video above. There's a close-up, slow-motion sequence of the puck hitting Staal in the eye at the end of the clip.

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