Rangers' Brassard close to returning

Rangers' Derick Brassard (left) celebrates his goal with Mats Zuccarello versus the Penguins....

Rangers' Derick Brassard (left) celebrates his goal with Mats Zuccarello versus the Penguins. Brassard was injured in Game 1 against the Canadiens, but could return to the lineup for Game 3. (AFP)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:50 PM ET

Short of hoisting the Stanley Cup, this series looked to be Derick Brassard’s dream.

A French Canadian kid playing in a conference final. Against the fabled Montreal Canadiens, no less.

Alas, reality hit after just two shifts on Saturday when he came out on the wrong end of a shoulder-to-shoulder check from the Habs’ Mike Weaver.

That’s when the New York Rangers centre suffered an upper body injury that knocked him out of the remainder of Game 1 and all of Game 2.

But with the series moving to New York for Game 3 Thursday night, Brassard is getting closer to returning to action, having practised with his teammates on Wednesday at the Rangers facility in Greenburgh, N.Y.

“I went through the whole practice, so that’s a good sign,” Brassard told reporters afterward. “I haven’t skated for four days, so it was good to get out there with teammates and finish a practice.

 


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