by Patrick Hoffman on 02/25/10 at 01:30 PM ET
From our good pal Jim Cerny at NewYorkRangers.com:
At 2 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, the Olympic-break vacation ended for the Rangers players outside Vancouver, and the push for securing a playoff spot in the tight Eastern Conference began in earnest as the team returned to practice at the Madison Square Garden Training Center.
Minus Olympians Henrik Lundqvist, Chris Drury, Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik, and Olli Jokinen, the Rangers spent much of the fast-paced 45-minute practice working on conditioning drills. With head coach John Tortorella in Vancouver, as well, serving as an assistant coach for Team USA, the practice was run by Rangers assistants Mike Sullivan, Jim Schoenfeld, and Benoit Allaire.
“It was pretty tiring out there,” said alternate captain Vinny Prospal. “You feel it if you don’t skate for even two days, but not practicing for nine in the middle of the season really is a big deal.”
Click here for more including what players did over the break, thoughts on the Olympics, and Michael Del Zotto’s injury.
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