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By Rick Carpiniello
GREENBURGH — He was in a yellow jersey, which meant no contact, and his timetable for return is still unknown.
But Rick Nash practiced with the Rangers on Wednesday for the first time since he suffered a concussion on a head shot by San Jose’s Brad Stuart on Oct. 8.
Nash, who appeared to be winded during the conditioning drills at the end of the skate, said he felt better than he thought he would, but still needs to do some work (on conditioning, among other things). After all, he had spent four weeks of doing almost nothing, resting his brain, very little TV, some walks, a lot of sleep.
“I’m confident now that I’m OK as far as the symptoms,” Nash said later. “But I think when a guy comes back from any injury, whether it’s a knee, an ankle, an arm, a shoulder, whatever it might be, you want to get into some bumping, some one-on-one play in practice.”
Nash, who suffered a concussion on a head shot by Boston’s Milan Lucic last season, is not likely to play in either of the upcoming games — in Montreal on Saturday or at home against Los Angeles on Sunday. The Rangers play Boston on Tuesday, then hit the road for five games in this coming stretch of nine games in 15 nights.
“Hopefully, as soon as possible,” Nash said when asked when he thinks he could be back. “But obviously, when I’m away that long I need some practices. Today was really my first one. So, see how it goes tonight and go back at it.”
The Rangers do not practice Thursday, but expect Nash to skate with the team again Friday before they head to Montreal. It is not known when he will be cleared for contact.
“For a first practice with the team, considering that for the past four or five weeks he’s been on limited activity, it was a real encouraging day,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “I’m anxious to see how he’s going to respond, how he’s going to feel tomorrow. I’m hoping all he’s going to feel is a little bit of soreness from training.”
Rangers captain Ryan Callahan and defenseman Anton Stralman were both off the ice for “maintenance” Wednesday, but Vigneault said he is sure both will practice Friday and play Saturday.
He also hinted that rookie Cam Talbot will start in goal in Montreal, Henrik Lundqvist’s house of horrors, especially with back-to-back games this weekend.
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