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Rangers' Boyle back after missing 3 games

Monday - 4/30/2012, 8:45pm  ET

NEW YORK - Rangers forward Brian Boyle is back in the New York lineup after missing three games because of a concussion sustained in the first round against Ottawa.

After skating for four consecutive days _ including Monday for the morning skate _ Boyle was deemed fit to return that night for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Washington Capitals.

The 6-foot-7 Boyle, who scored a goal in each of the first three games of the opening round, has been out since a hard hit to the head from Ottawa's Chris Neil in Game 5 on April 21 left him with the first concussion of his career.

The Rangers were 3-0 without Boyle.

With Boyle back in the lineup, defenseman Steve Eminger was scratched after he played briefly as a forward on Saturday in New York's 3-1 win over Washington in the series opener. However, forward Brandon Dubinsky sat out his second straight game because of a leg injury.

The Capitals made one lineup change, reinserting defenseman Jeff Schultz for John Erskine, who played in Game 1.


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