Rangers defenseman Marc Staal has played a big role in limiting the Penguins' offense throughout the series. He has also been involved in his fair share of physical confrontations with several of the Penguins' better players. At the end of the second period and regulation of last night's 3-1 win against against the Penguins, Staal was on the ice for situations which devolved into near line brawls.
After the game, Staal talked bout the Penguins getting frustrated:
On the Penguins:
“They’re getting chippy. That’s a good thing. If they weren’t getting like that, we would be doing something wrong. We want to frustrate them as much as we can.”
James Neal was given a 10-minute misconduct. Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz were each given minor penalties. Are they guys you specifically want to frustrate?
"Yeah. They’re emotional guys. They’re getting frustrated throughout the game. It means [we’re] doing our job right.”
Is there a book on how to frustrate them?
“I don’t know if it’s the book. As a team, [we’re] playing solid. You want to stifle them as much as you can and get under their skin and all of those sorts of things come with grinding out series like we have. Now we get to play another Game 7."
On the penalties:
"There’s a lot stuff a lot of people were getting away. [Crosby], a lot of their guys. Sometimes it’s tough as referees to pick and choose what you’re going to call and what you’re not going to call. Sometimes you don’t know as players and you’ve got to do your best to protect yourself in serious situations and not put your team at a disadvantage.”
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