The New York Rangers could have some reinforcements coming for Game 2 of its Eastern Conference quarterfinals series with the Washington Capitals, which should help take their minds off the costly penalties and near misses that derailed them during Game 1.
Injured forwards Ryane Clowe (undisclosed), Brian Boyle (right leg) and Derek Dorsett (clavicle), and defenseman Marc Staal (eye) all participated in a light practice at Verizon Center Friday, and Coach John Tortorella made it clear he would call upon them if they could help New York get past the Capitals.
It was the second straight day Boyle appeared on the ice, and could signal his return to the lineup is imminent. Clowe, meanwhile, was in a white non-contact jersey since it was his first time skating since an undisclosed injury suffered back on April 25 in the second-to-last game of the regular season.
Clowe, 30, didn’t rule himself out of Game 2 and told reporters he planned to speak with the team’s trainers about his availability. He has three goals and 16 assists this season. In addition, Dorsett skated without restrictions for the first time since suffering a broken clavicle in March.
Tortorella noted the urgency of the playoffs would figure into his decision-making process on when a player should return to the lineup.