NEW YORK --
Rangers coach John Tortorella offered no updates on injured forwards Brian Boyle
and Brandon Dubinsky
on Satuirday afternoon.
Boyle (concussion) and Dubinsky (lower-body) will likely be game-time decisions as the Rangers face the Washington Capitals
in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series at Madison Square Garden.
Boyle missed Games 6 and 7 of the Rangers' first-round series with the Ottawa Senators
after taking a jarring hit from Chris Neil
in Game 5. Boyle practiced for the first time since the hit Friday and said his availability would depend on how he felt in the hours after practice.
Dubinsky absorbed a hit late in Game 7 against the Senators and did not return to the ice for the final 11 minutes and did not practice Friday.
If one or both are unable to play, defenseman Steve Eminger
could return to the lineup for the first time since suffering an ankle injury in mid-March. Tortorella could also move defenseman Stu Bickel
to forward, a position he played earlier in the season. Forward John Scott
, who has yet to appear in the postseason and hasn't played since March 9.
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