Three Staal brothers start game for Hurricanes

Brothers Eric, Jordan and Jared Staal skated on the same line Thursday to start the Carolina Hurricanes' game against the New York Rangers.

Third trio in NHL history to skate on same line

Right-winger Jared Staal (#13) was called up Wednesday from the AHL and played in his first NHL game Thursday. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The Carolina Hurricanes put all their Staals in their starting lineup.

The Hurricanes had brothers Eric, Jordan and Jared Staal on the line that started the game Thursday night against the New York Rangers.

Jared Staal was called up from Charlotte of the AHL on Wednesday and coach Kirk Muller said he probably would skate on Jordan's line.

But Muller pulled a game-time surprise by putting all three on the starting line. They skated together for 21 seconds.

Jared Staal later played on a line with Jordan and Tuomo Ruutu. He had 12 minutes and 16 seconds of ice time in his NHL debut.

STATS says it's the 10th time in the history of the four major North American pro sports leagues that three brothers have played for the same team during the same season. It hasn't happened since the Stastnys (Peter, Anton and Marian) all played for the Quebec Nordiques in 1985.

Eric was the only brother with a point in Carolina's 4-3 loss to the Rangers, drawing one assist.

The fourth Staal brother, Marc, is a member of the Rangers, but didn't play Thursday. He has been out of the lineup since suffering an eye injury on March 5.