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Staal brothers Jordan, left, and Eric, right, will clash in the Eastern Conference Final that opens Monday in Pittsburgh. ((Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press))

Jordan Staal was jumping up and down in his TV room when he saw the overtime winner that sent the Carolina Hurricanes through to the Eastern Conference final.

It means his older brother Eric is one series away from playing for the second Stanley Cup of his career. 

"There's no better feeling than to watch your brother win a big game like that," Jordan said.

Now, the 20-year-old will spend the next four to seven games trying to beat him up.

It's an all-Staal matchup in the Eastern Conference Final as Jordan and his Pittsburgh Penguins face off against Eric and the Hurricanes in a series that opens Monday at Mellon Arena.

The brothers have met in the playoffs before, but never in a conference final. Never anything this big.

And while you might think the Staals would have problems with a scenario that will see one of them knock the other out of the post-season, Jordan and Eric are actually excited about it.

Win-win for the Staals

"When you have two Staals, one's moving on to the Stanley Cup Finals, so it's always a good thing," Jordan, who has five points in the playoffs, said in a Staal brothers NHL conference call on Friday. 

"I'd have to say, it's always exciting playing against your brother, and obviously, even during the season, it's fun. But to finally make the playoffs and face each other in the conference final, it makes it that much more exciting."

"We're both competitors, we're both looking forward to it, we both don't want to lose," said Eric, 24, who leads the Hurricanes with 13 points in the post-season. "One of us is going to be moving on to the Stanley Cup Finals, and hopefully, you know, win that trophy, and that's the biggest thing."

Eric said he's always wanted to face off against one of his brothers in a big game. There are four hockey-playing Staals, including Marc, who plays for the New York Rangers. 

"I've wanted this for a long time," Eric said. "He's pretty young, I'm not, I wouldn't say I'm an older guy yet, so it's neat that it's happened early, and hopefully [it continues] many years down the road."

The hardest part of this scenario falls on the rest of the Staal family. Do you cheer for everything, or nothing at all? Do you take sides?

"I think their plan is they might just stay home and watch it on TV, and I don't know, catch the next round," Eric said. "You know, it's just a tough situation."

All business on the ice

As for Eric and Jordan, they're talking about who has the best playoff beard, Eric is calling Jordan 'Jordie,' and they're joking about putting each other in headlocks.

Once they're on the ice, though, it's all business. The Staals say they're fierce competitors who hate losing, and those text messages they've been firing back and forth during the playoffs to congratulate each other on big games will likely go on hiatus.

"We'll probably both be doing our own things throughout the series, and once it's over, it's over," said Eric. "We're still brothers and family, and you know, one's going to be disappointed, one's going to be excited.

"In the end it's the way it had to be, and this is the challenge we've got in front of us, and we're excited about it."

As for which Staal will win the brother matchup, they're not exactly agreeing on that one. 

"I'm due for a real big game, real big game," Eric said.

"So am I," Jordan added, laughing. "Huge game. I'm going to break out in this series like crazy."