Marc Staal isn’t known for his offensive acumen, but he finally reached the 100 point plateau with a goal last night as the New York Rangers fell to the New Jersey Devils. It only took the defensive stud 406 games to notch his 100th, and it was a fitting goal for a player that thrives by keeping his game simple and straight forward.
The former 12th-overall selection isn’t in New York to fill the nets along the same lines as Erik Karlsson, but it’s nice to see his hard work rewarded with a small milestone.
That marks Marc Staal’s 100th career point.
— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) November 13, 2013
Staal’s tally was the first goal he’d scored since the season opening game for the Rangers on October 3 against the Phoenix Coyotes.
A late goal by Dainius Zubrus deflated any positive feeling that might have been surrounding the Rangers following Staal’s 100th, however. The Devils forward scored with 46.1 seconds remaining in the third period to break a tie game open in favor of New Jersey.
The Devils suddenly have three wins in their last four games and a four-game point streak, while the Rangers had a three-game winning streak snapped in the loss. The Blueshirts will be back in action on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens.