GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle practiced Friday after leaving the ice following Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals on Thursday with what appeared to be an injury.
Boyle said he was "dazed and confused" after Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom hit him in the corner to start the sequence that led to forward Joel Ward's game-winning goal with 1.3 seconds remaining in the third period of Washington's 2-1 victory.
"It could be a lot worse," Boyle said. "I've been a lot worse. A couple years ago I was in a much worse situation. I definitely wanted to go out there today and see how it felt. I did OK."
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said he expects Boyle to be ready to go for Game 2 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports).
"As far as I know I expect him to be ready," Vigneault said. "I didn't hear anything different."