WASHINGTON -- Totally ready or not, it sounds as if some of the injured Rangers are going to come back in this playoff series against the Capitals.
With the Rangers trailing 1-0 going into Saturday's game, Ryane Clowe returned to the ice Friday for the first time since he was drilled by Carolina's Bobby Sanguinetti in the next-to-last game of the regular season.
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Rangers coach John Tortorella said that whether the returning players are in top condition is "less of a concern" during the playoffs. When asked why, he said: "Because if we don't win, we're done. So I don't give a damn about the conditioning. If I think a player's going to help us, he's going to play."
Of the quartet, the 6-7, 244-pound Boyle seems closest to returning. If he and the 6-2, 225-pound Clowe can play soon, that would give the Rangers some serious size to deal with Washington.
"I'm testing something in my body," Clowe said. "But I'm not going to obviously say what it is. I guess it's just a progression here now. I'm not going to rule out [playing Saturday]. It's the time of the year in hockey I look forward to the most. It was hard to watch [Thursday] night, but I'll discuss it with the trainers and the proper people and let them know how I felt out there. We'll see . . . I feel like at this time of year, I could jump in anytime."
Tortorella on the no-goal call after video review of John Moore's shot that got behind Braden Holtby with 4:30 to go in the third period of Thursday's 3-1 loss: "It's the right call. I think it's a goal, but I think it's the right call. They said no goal on the ice and you can't see it [the puck] on the replay. I don't know what happened to the cameras that they always want that are above the net. Maybe they don't have them here in Washington, I don't know, but I know they always want . . . well, forget it, I'm not going to go there."