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Playoffs 2013Rangers' Marc Staal, Caps' Erat out for Game 5

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013 | 02:13 PM

Categories: Playoffs 2013, WAS vs NYR

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Martin Erat, left, was injured after sliding into the net in Game 4 against the Rangers in New York on Wednesday. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Martin Erat, left, was injured after sliding into the net in Game 4 against the Rangers in New York on Wednesday. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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As the deadlocked series shifts to Washington on Friday night, the Rangers and Capitals will both have important pieces missing from their lineup in Game 5.
By Jay Greenberg, Special to CBC Sports

Ranger defenceman Marc Staal, who dressed for Game 3, then suffered a vision setback that caused him to be scratched for Game 4, would not get into the details on Friday morning about what happened.

"As the day went I just couldn't see myself getting into a game situation," he said after skating with the team, but not with the idea of playing in Game 5 Friday night at the Verizon Center. "It's tough; you are excited to get into one and then have to sit out the next. It hasn't been an easy road."

Staal refused to speculate on whether he could still return in this 2-2 series.

"I'll get up in the morning and go at it again," he said.

Staal has suffered blurred vision and altered depth perception since he was hit above the right eye on a deflection of a puck shot by Philadelphia's Kimmo Timonen on March 5. Staal missed 36 games a season ago with a concussion.

With Steve Eminger again dressing in Staal's place, there will be no other changes in the Rangers lineup.

Washington coach Adam Oates confirmed that Tom Wilson would take the place of Martin Erat, who injured his wrist sliding into the goal in the first period of Game 4.  Wilson, the Caps first pick (16th overall) in the 2012 draft, will play with Jay Beagle and Matt Hendricks on the fourth line.

"We're looking for a spark," said Oates.

Erat, meanwhile, was not looking for a dressing down from the coaching staff, refusing to talk about the results of his MRI or speculate about a possible return in the playoffs.

Ovie says his nomination is nominal

Alex Ovechkin on being named a finalist Friday for the Hart Trophy with Sidney Crosby and John Tavares:

"It's nice and I'm sure I'm going to have time to celebrate later, but right now it's all about business and focus on the game," said the Caps star. "It was a hard season for all of us and I'm happy to be in that kind of position."

Ovechkin, who won the MVP award in 2008 and 2009, has one goal and one assist through four games of this series.

"I just want to win; it doesn't matter if I'm going to score or not," Ovechkin said. "Playoffs it's not about the scoring, beautiful play, it's all about the winning.

"Of course I want to score and I want to win when I'm scoring, but right now most important thing is to get win."

In Clowe(ver)

Ryane Clowe had 18 goals and 27 assists in 69 playoff games in San Jose, but he will not have to add any offense for John Tortorella to be happy to have the winger back in the lineup.

"When we got Clowe [for a second and a third round draft choice], you could see that was going to be a major asset for us in the playoffs, the way you have to play along the wall," the Rangers coach said. "Stepping in [Game 4] for the time he missed [one regular season and three playoff games], he did a good job for us.

"That's where the games are won and lost, along the wall. You can see his experience and you can see he wants to make a difference.

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