Staal ‘knew’ he was shooting puck at Phaneuf

Watch as Eric Staal shoots the puck point-blank at the empty net with Dion Phaneuf defending.

As a wise man once said: “Well, that escalated quickly.”

The beef between the Staal brothers (at least the ones on the Carolina Hurricanes roster) and Dion Phaneuf hit next-level status on Tuesday when Eric Staal dropped this little nugget to reporters:

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For those of you who missed the shot in question, take a look:

And for those of you who missed why that booming-shot-followed-by-an-icy-glare came about, may I direct your attention to this dust-up:

Mark your calendars, everybody. The next game between the two teams will be on Friday, Feb. 20.

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