Gill back on ice with Pens
· D Hal Gill returned to the ice following the Penguins' morning skate Saturday. Gill, who missed a second consecutive game due to an undisclosed injury, apparently injured his right hand on a blocked shot at Boston on Monday. He had been sporting a bandaged right hand. Gill worked basic conditioning drills yesterday with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar. The Penguins are optimistic Gill will play at some point on this four-game road trip; they are scheduled to leave New York today for San Jose, where they play Tuesday.
· LW Matt Cooke returned from a four-game absence due to injured ribs. Cooke, who had practiced with the team since Wednesday, skated on a fourth line last night with center Mike Zigomanis and right wing Eric Godard. "It's gotten better in an early, and it was time to play," said Cooke, who used the morning practice to break in a new pair of skates. "I'm more worried about those than my injury."
· Coach Michel Therrien on the new-look Rangers, who have added forward Markus Naslund and defenseman Wade Redden and lost forwards Jaromir Jagr, Brendan Shanahan and Martin Straka: "The core group is still tremendous — (centers Chris) Drury, (Scott) Gomez, (Brandon) Dubinsky is a hard-working kid,” Therrien said. “They play a really structured game and (goalie Henrik) Lundqvist is there again. With the core, it's still the same.”
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