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Injured Rangers Ryane Clowe, Marc Staal still questionable to return

Ryane Clowe stretches before a game against the

Ryane Clowe stretches before a game against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center. (April 23, 2013) Credit: Getty

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Injured Rangers Ryane Clowe and Marc Staal remain questionable for the series, no matter how far it goes.

Clowe, an unrestricted free agent this summer who came from San Jose in a trade for two draft picks, skated in an optional practice with the team for the first time since he appeared to suffer a concussion -- his second this year -- in Game 4 against Washington. The 30-year-old right wing left practice early Wednesday and did not speak with the media.

Staal, 26, has played only one game since being struck in the right eye with a puck on March 5 against Philadelphia, and the defenseman still is experiencing vision problems. He stayed late on the ice with Roman Hamrlik and also didn't speak with reporters. With injured defenseman Anton Stralman out, the options appear to be Matt Gilroy and Hamrlik.

Rookie Chris Kreider, who was cut between the eyes by a stick at 5:05 of the third period in Tuesday's game, did not skate and there was no update on his status.


Preaching patience

Defenseman Ryan McDonagh said the Rangers may have been "a little impatient" with the puck in the Bruins' zone.

"You see them, they're pretty good at waiting for help, waiting for guys to come into the zone," he said, "and I think we can use that, too, wait for second or third guys to come into the zone, and look for guys as opposed to throwing it to an area and try to skate onto it."


Ice chips

The Rangers won Game 4 of the first round against the Capitals, 4-3, at the Garden to tie the series at 2. But the last time the Blueshirts had won a Game 4 before that was in April 2009 against the Capitals. They lost four straight in between . . . The Bruins are 13-5 in Game 4s when leading 3-0 in a series . . . After Taylor Pyatt scored on a deflection at 3:53 of the second period on Tuesday, the Bruins took over, with 25 shots to 10 for the Rangers.

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