Welcome sights all over practice today as Ryane Clowe skated with the team wearing a non-contact jersey for the first since suffering a likely concussion against the Carolina Hurricanes last week.
Here's the proof (via Rangers Instagram)…
Clowe says he's not ruling out a Game 2 return (via Bergen Record)…
“I guess it’s just kind of a progression here. I’m not going to rule out tomorrow. It’s tough to watch this time of year, the playoffs. It’s the time of year in hockey I look forward to the most, so it was hard to watch last night. But I’ll discuss it with the trainers and the proper people today and let them know how I felt out there. So we’ll see.”
…i'll believe it when I see it. Game 3 much more likely.
…Clowe's presence was greatly missed last night as the Rangers weren't able to match the Capitals physical play.
Meanwhile, Steve Zipay at Newsday says that Brian Boyle (right leg) practiced again and Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle) practiced in a contact jersey for the first time as a Ranger.
…I wouldn't be surprised to see both back in the line-up tomorrow afternoon, with Newbury and Kreider being the two likely out.
…it would be too bad for Kreider, who I thought was one of the Rangers better players in the third period in Game 1.
Marc Staal (eye) also practiced in full today.