Ryan Craig

Staal family will have two Game 7s to watch Tuesday night

Posted April 27, 2009
Updated April 28, 2009

Imagine how nervous you would be if you had a son in the NHL and he was about to play in a game seven in the playoffs.

Ok, now imagine if you had two, and they were both playing on the same night.

Welcome to the world of the Staal family.

Eric is of course a star player on the Carolina Hurricanes, but his younger brother Marc is a defenseman for the New York Rangers.

Both players will be trying to earn spots in the second round of the postseason Tuesday night, with Marc taking the ice at 7pm in the nation’s capital, and Eric playing thirty minutes later in New Jersey.

Sure, having two children playing in the postseason of a professional sport on the same evening and at nearly the same time is a nice problem to have, but then how do you decide which game gets first billing on the family TV?

“Well the good thing is we’ve actually got them set up in their basement – there’s a big tv and then there’s a little tv off to the side, so they can catch two at the same time,” Staal joked with the Insiders on 99.9 FM The Fan ESPN Radio Monday afternoon. “As long as the Canes game is on the big tv and the Ranger game is on the smaller one, I’ll be happy.”

The older Staal isn't worried that the family will be switching back and forth about who gets dibs on the bigger television, even if his parents tell his younger brother otherwise.

“We’re better to watch than the Rangers anyway," Staal kidded. "If they did have it the other way around, they’d be lying to Marc anyway, so they’d probably have the Canes on the big one for sure.”

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  • brewmonkey Apr 28, 8:20 p.m.

    Since the Penguins already won their series, Jordan can watch 'em both, too.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Apr 28, 11:03 a.m.

    DUDE!!! What happened to my post?

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Apr 28, 11:02 a.m.

    “We’re better to watch than the Rangers anyway," Staal kidded. "If they did have it the other way around, they’d be lying to Marc anyway, so they’d probably have the Canes on the big one for sure.”

    Nothing like a little brotherly love. The Manning family has had this happen in the NFL. But not with huge Playoff games at the same time.

  • StunGunn Apr 28, 12:14 a.m.

    Maybe they should get picture in picture so they can watch all their boys play on the same TV. What a talented family.

  • Hokies94 Apr 27, 6:24 p.m.

    You have to hand it to the family. Great athletes. Great for them. Still hoping the Kanes will win.

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