Boyle practicing with Rangers

April, 27, 2012
4/27/12
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Could Rangers' center Brian Boyle be available for Game 1 against Washington on Saturday.

After missing the last two games of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals with a concussion, the 6-6 forward returned to Rangers practice Friday, a good sign that he is making progress.

Boyle was forced from Game 5 with the head injury, sustained on a hard hit from Ottawa's Chris Neil. Although it was a worrisome loss for the Rangers -- Boyle had tallied three goals in the first three games of the series -- the team received key contributions from rookies Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider in his absence.

Brandon Dubinsky, who appeared to suffer a lower-body injury in the third period, did not practice with the team.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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