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The NHL won't discipline New York Rangers defenceman Marc Staal for his hit on Calgary forward Matt Stajan on Monday night, ruling the check legal.

During New York's 2-1 victory, Staal drilled an unsuspecting Stajan with a shoulder-to-head hit in the third period. A groggy Stajan manage to skate to the bench but didn't return to the game.

Staal did not receive a penalty and believes he did nothing wrong.

"I bent my knees, my elbows didn't come up," Staal told reporters after the game. "I stayed low. I caught most of it on my side more than anything else."

Stajan, meanwhile, was absent for the team's practice on Tuesday and is questionable for Calgary's contest in New Jersey on Wednesday night.

"He's day-to-day with an upper-body injury," said Jay Feaster, Flames assistant general manager. "We will know more [Wednesday.] I expect him to be fine, but it is still day-to-day."