By Matt Calamia (Twitter)
Rangers forward Darroll Powe took part in the team’s morning skate on Tuesday prior to Game 3 at Madison Square Garden, but a return to the lineup does not seem imminent.
“I feel good,” he told reporters after the skate. “It’s good to be back on the ice and skating with the guys.”
Powe has not played since taking an apparent elbow to the head in the first period of Game 3 against the Washington Capitals. Powe skated yesterday after practice with the team’s taxi squad.
“It’s a few days of skating and I’ve felt pretty good,” he said. “I’m just trying to do skating, working out and trying to get back in the lineup.
“[Conditioning] is all part of the process,” he added. “Just getting back on the ice and get back just playing hockey again. That’s where I’m at right now.”
Powe, who skated in 34 games with the Rangers after being acquired from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Mike Rupp, said it’s always difficult watching the team play, especially at this time of year.
“It’s not easy to be watching your team play at this time of year,” he said. “Obviously, this is why you play hockey, to be playing in the playoffs. It’s not easy. Obviously the whole time is just trying to get back as soon as I can.”
Marc Staal also took part in the morning skate, but did not speak to the media afterwards.
Rangers head coach John Tortorella praised Bruins forward Brad Marchand at his Tuesday morning press conference prior to the team’s morning skate.
Tortorella said Marchand has been “probably the best player this series” on either team. He’s posted a goal and an assist in both the first two games of the series.
Marchand, though, doesn’t believe he’s played all that well.
“It’s a compliment, but I mean I don’t think I played very well last game,” Marchand told reporters after the Bruins’ morning skate. “I got a goal, but it’s another backdoor tap in from [Patrice Bergeron]. I had a few too many turnovers there, got caught out of position on their second goal.”
Marchand said the Bruins know the Rangers’ recent history of overcoming an 0-2 series deficit, and that the entire team must bring its best effort.
“We obviously know what happened against Washington, them behind down 2-0 again,” Marchand said. “We want to make sure we don’t take [their series lead] for granted. They played an extremely hard game and the series can be in a completely different situation right now if we didn’t get a couple lucky bounces. We want to make sure we bring our best game tonight and hope for the best.”
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