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Rangers welcome back most of their injured players

Girardi, Zuccarello, Stalberg and Eric Staal full participants Monday; McDonagh skated before practice in no-contact jersey

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / Director of Editorial

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi and forwards Viktor Stalberg, Eric Staal and Mats Zuccarello were full participants in practice Monday at MSG Training Center.

Girardi missed the final two games of the regular season after he sustained a lower-body injury in the 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on April 5 when he was checked into the end boards.

Stalberg and Zuccarello each missed the regular-season finale Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings with lower-body injuries. Staal sustained an injury during the 3-2 win against the Red Wings.

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Defenseman Ryan McDonagh skated before practice wearing a no-contact jersey and left as formal practice started.

McDonagh, who did skating drills but never took shots during his on-ice session Monday, was injured April 4 in a 4-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets when he was struck by a puck in the right hand.

The Rangers play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference First Round. Game 1 is Wednesday at Consol Energy Center (8 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports MSG, ROOT). 


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