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Rangers' Brian Boyle leaves early with injury

Brian Boyle of the Rangers warms up on

Brian Boyle of the Rangers warms up on the ice before action against the Islanders in an NHL game at Nassau Coliseum. (March 7, 2013) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

PHILADELPHIA -- Brian Boyle, favoring his right ankle and leg, left Tuesday night's game in the first period and did not return.

Boyle, who had played 4:21, left the ice limping during a Rangers' power play, with Jay Rosehill in the box, with 5:57 remaining. The big winger came off the bench to test the leg during a commercial break with three minutes left in the period, and looked uncomfortable.

Boyle, who had been playing right wing, was playing in his 38th game. He has two goals, three assists and is a minus-13. But he leads the team in hits with 145 and in faceoff percentage at 56.3.


Dorsett feeling good

Wearing a Rangers' No. 15 jersey on ice for the first time with his new teammates, Derek Dorsett, who broke his clavicle on March 7, participated in an optional morning skate and hoped to progress enough to be able to go through a full practice soon.

"It feels good," said Dorsett, who was one of the Blue Jackets traded to the Rangers for Marian Gaborik on April 3. "I'm not shooting or receiving hard passes . . . hopefully, as the week progresses, we'll see what the doctors say. It's up to them and the training staff."

The right wing, who has built a reputation as a full-bore, physical player, has begun some light upper-body rehab. "The last two or three weeks I've been going pretty hard on the legs," he said. But he insisted that he wanted to be sure he was 100 percent before returning in order not to risk a setback.


Blue notes

Rosehill and Arron Asham dropped the gloves at 3:01 of the second . . . Marc Staal (eye) wore a non-contact jersey in practice . . . Roman Hamrlik and Matt Gilroy were healthy scratches.

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