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Marc Staal slowed by 2nd concussion in 3 seasons

12/10/2013 03:18 EST | Updated 02/09/2014 05:59 EST
Marc Staal is dealing with his second concussion in the last two-and-a-half National Hockey League seasons.

Fortunately for the New York Rangers defenceman, doctors say it isn’t as severe as the concussion he suffered in February 2011 that cost him 36 games the following season.

On Tuesday, Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault told reporters Staal was already “feeling better.”

The 26-year-old Staal was injured in the third period Saturday against New Jersey when Devils forward Reid Boucher laid a shoulder-to-chin hit on him.

“Marc has been diagnosed with a concussion," Vigneault said. “We'll take it day-by-day."

Staal will miss his second consecutive game when the Rangers host Nashville on Tuesday night.

Last season, the native of Thunder Bay, Ont., missed 27 regular-season games and 11 of 12 playoff contests after taking a puck to the eye in March.

In August, he attended Canada’s Olympic orientation camp in Calgary. He has two goals and three points in 30 points this season, averaging 19 minutes 59 seconds of ice time per game.

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