Friday Practice in New York

“ (Brandon Prust fighting Chris Neil) means a lot to me. The whole teammate thing, and the code, is great, but the friendship thing is bigger. It meant a lot to me, and I felt blessed and loved. That was pretty awesome. ”
- Brian Boyle
“ I don't know (if I could play tomorrow). It's my first day on the ice and I felt pretty good. So we'll see. I have no idea, though. It's all in how you react, but I have taken another step so we'll see. ”
- Brian Boyle
“ It was new to me. I just had to do nothing, and there's a lot going on right now with our team, so that was tough to do, but it's beneficial. I was just a little foggy...then just started progressing, riding the bike. ”
- Brian Boyle

There was a mixed bag of news for the Rangers at their practice on Friday afternoon at the MSG Training Center. On the positive side, center Brian Boyle---who has missed the previous two games of the playoffs due to a consuccion---returned to the ice and took part in practice. However on the negative side, Brandon Dubinsky did not practice with his teammates on Friday.

Dubinsky seemed to have been hurt during Thursday's Game 7 triumph over the Ottawa Senators, though head coach John Tortorella did not discuss Dubinsky's absence from practice on Friday at all. Therefore there is no way to determine Dubinsky's status for Saturday afternoon's series opener against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden.

Boyle told reporters that he was so nervous during the final minutes of Game 7 Thursday that he sat by himself and watched the game clock count down inside the dressing room at The garden because he could not bear to watch the Rangers clinging to a one-goal lead with Ottawa pressing to tie.

See what Boyle told reporters about his health, playing status, appreciation for how his teammates stood up to Chris Neil after he concussed Boyle with a questionable hit, and more, then comment below.