Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/30/12

New York Rangers center Brian Boyle was on the ice Monday morning, a positive development in his efforts to return to the ice following an April 21 concussion.

Boyle has not played since the fifth game of his team's Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Ottawa Senators, when Senators forward Chris Neil delivered a hard check that New York head coach John Tortorella compared to the hit Phoenix's Raffi Torres delivered to Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa, resulting in a 25-game suspension.

Neil was not penalized for the hit on the ice, and no supplemental discipline was handed down by the NHL.

The Rangers scored a 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday in the first game of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. In that gane, the Rangers were without both Boyle and Brandon Dubinsky, who sustained a lower-body injury in the seventh game of the Ottawa series. Dubinsky was not on the ice for the Rangers' morning skate.

In Saturday's game, Steve Eminger took Dubinsky's spot in the lineup as a seventh defenseman, taking occasional shifts with the team's fourth forward line.

Boyle, 27, has three goals in five playoff games for the Rangers this year, including the game-winning goals in both Game 1 and Game 3 of the Ottawa series.

The Rangers and Capitals face off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

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