Ryane Clowe back on ice

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Injured forward Ryane Clowe returned to the ice for the first time since suffering an apparent head injury in Game 5 of the Rangers' first-round series against Washington.

Clowe was among the players skating during the Rangers' optional practice Wednesday, the morning after a Game 3 loss to Boston.

Clowe, acquired from the San Jose Sharks at the trade deadline, has appeared in only one postseason game for the Rangers. He missed five games after sustaining what is believed to have been a concussion against the Carolina Hurricanes during the last week of the regular season.

Clowe, one of the most coveted trade targets at the deadline, waived his no-trade clause to come to the Rangers because he felt "this team is built for this time of year," he said during the Washington series. Set to become a unrestricted free agent this summer, Clowe appeared to be the type of player the Rangers were interested in re-signing. That seems less likely now, with his string of injuries that have limited his time on the ice.

Carl Hagelin, who took a puck to the face in Game 3 on Tuesday, also practiced with the team as did Darroll Powe (undisclosed) and Marc Staal (eye).

Chris Kreider, who took a stick to the eye in Game 3, and defenseman Anton Stralman, who was also injured in the game after taking a monster hit from Milan Lucic, did not practice.