The Hurricanes put all three of their Staal brothers in their starting lineup, forwards Eric, Jordan and Jared. Jared was called up from AHL Charlotte on Wednesday and made his NHL debut.
This was the fourth time a trio of brothers played for an NHL team in one season. The others were Reg, Doug and Max Bentley (Blackhawks, 1942-43); Bob, Barclay and Bill Plager (Blues, 1968-72), and Marian, Peter and Anton Stastny (Nordiques, 1981-85) are the others.
The Staals' brother Marc is a defenseman for the Rangers. He didn't play. He is recovering from being hit in the right eye by a puck in March.
The Staals' father, Henry, was expected to be in Raleigh, N.C., for the game. His team - beer league, as described by his sons - is playing in an international tournament in Tampa. Henry scored on a power play against Slovakia, with a championship game to come.
"He's all pumped up; he thinks he still has it," Marc joked.
AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Penguins' Sidney Crosby, who has not played since his jaw was fractured by a deflected shot March 30, received medical clearance to resume practicing and was expected to do so today. He is not expected to play in Pittsburgh's regular-season finale Saturday but could be ready for the start of the playoffs next week. Crosby, who resumed skating last week, is expected to continue wearing a plastic shield to protect his jaw.