NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers were without forwards Brian Boyle and Brandon Dubinsky Saturday for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden.
Although coach John Tortorella declined to discuss their status before the game, neither player took part in the team's pregame warm-ups.
Instead, Steve Eminger took warm-ups and played as the team's seventh defenseman in his first game since suffering an ankle injury March 15.
Boyle returned to practice Friday for the first time since suffering a concussion in Game 5 of the team's first-round matchup against the Ottawa Senators.
The 6-foot-6 center, who scored three goals in the first three games of the series before the concussion, said he felt better but provided no timeline for his return.
Dubinsky appeared to suffer a leg injury in the Rangers' Game 7 victory Thursday against the Senators. He did not practice Friday.