Derek Dorsett makes his Rangers debut
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WASHINGTON -- The Rangers got two of their injured players back yesterday and coach John Tortorella was pleased with how they performed. But the lineup changes didn't translate into a goal or a win as the Capitals took a 2-0 series lead with a 1-0 overtime victory at the Verizon Center.
Derek Dorsett made his Rangers debut and played 15:17. Brian Boyle returned after missing seven games with a knee injury and played 11:29.
"They played well," Tortorella said. "They played well."
On Saturday, Tortorella did not announce his lineup changes before the game lest the Capitals gain an advantage from the knowledge. It wasn't until pre-game warmups, when Dorsett and Boyle were on the ice and Newbury and Kreider were not, that the wily coach's intentions were revealed.
Dorsett came to the Rangers from Columbus in the April 3 trade involving Marian Gaborik. He had a broken clavicle and was hopeful he could make it back for the playoffs. He did.
"After the first period and as the game went on, I felt better," Dorsett said. "A lot more confident. I felt more comfortable out there. Felt like it got better as the game went on."
Playing on the third line with Taylor Pyatt and former Blue Jackets teammate Derick Brassard, Dorsett had two shots, seven hits and one blocked shot. He was called for two penalties -- for high-sticking Steve Oleksy in the first period and for diving in the second after Joel Ward was called for interference.
Dorsett led the NHL in penalty minutes last season with 235. He is well-known for his willingness to throw his body around, even if it's not 100 percent healthy.
"Obviously, when you're coming to a new team, there's a lot of emotions going into the game," Dorsett said. "I was up early in the morning like a little kid at Christmas. But as the game went on, I think I got a little better. Just got to make sure I get better every day and help this team win."
Dorsett, 26, hadn't played since March 7, when he fractured his clavicle on a hit by Vancouver defenseman Andrew Alberts. It initially was reported that he would be out for the rest of the season.
Asked if he thought he would be extra sore Sunday, Dorsett said: "Right now, I feel great. I feel fine. No soreness. I imagine I'll feel a few different spots that I don't feel right now tomorrow morning, but right now, nothing."
Boyle, the bruising 6-7 forward, took one shot, had six hits and was in the middle of the action in a very physical game. Boyle skated on a line with Darroll Powe and Arron Asham.