Staal hoping to shine again

April 28, 2009 

NEWARK, N.J. — Eric Staal, still in his skates, stood head and shoulders above a crowd of media types this morning.

The Canes are hoping their star center stands tall, again, in Game 7.

Staal was at his best in Game 6, scoring twice and assisting on the first goal of the game as the Canes beat the Devils 4-0. He was the most dominant player on the ice and blended well with the newlook line with Ray Whitney and Chad LaRose.

Asked why the line was so good, Staal smiled, saying, "I think it's their quickness, for one. They can really get on the forecheck and they can really change sides. Movement with the puck. In those one-on-one battles, when they get in there they're quick with their sticks.

"We were on the puck. We were skating and skating as a team. That was the difference and we have to bring that again tonight."

Staal said the Canes will go into tonight's deciding game a confident group.

"Because I think we've played well," he said. "It's been a tight series, no question, but I think we're hitting our stride. I think we're playing better right now, the last game, and obviously the game we lost 1-0 we thought we played pretty good.

"But you can talk all you want. We've got to do something tonight."

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