While the New York Rangers are thrilled that Rick Nash is providing a long-awaited spark, their thoughts are likely more focused on Marc Staal.
With Staal trying to recover from a scary injury, the Rangers will search for a season-high fourth straight victory Thursday night when they visit the New York Islanders, who are also seeking their longest win streak in 2012-13.
Nash scored two third-period goals in Tuesday's 4-2 victory over Philadelphia, but that was tempered by the loss of Staal. The defenseman got hit in the right eye by a deflected puck with 14:15 remaining before skating off with some help.
"You never want to see that. It's a tough play. It's a bang-bang play. We're hoping he's okay," captain Ryan Callahan said.
Staal's brother, Carolina captain Eric Staal, told the league's official website Wednesday that doctors were waiting for the swelling to go down before determining the extent of the injury.
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