Rangers captain Callahan returns; Boyle benched

Rangers captain Ryan Callahan returned to the New York lineup a

tad earlier than expected and at the expense of veteran forward

Brian Boyle.

Callahan was expected to be sidelined 10 to 14 days after he

dislocated his shoulder in New York’s victory over Philadelphia on

Jan. 29.

Instead, he was in the lineup Thursday against the New York

Islanders – nine days after he got hurt. He missed only three

games, and New York went 1-2.

To make room in the lineup, Boyle was benched by Rangers coach

John Tortorella. In nine games, Boyle has one assist, a minus-3

rating and 11 penalty minutes.

”I hope he’s miserable tonight,” Tortorella said shortly

before Thursday’s game. ”I hope he never puts me in this position

again. Brian has done squat. Other guys will be held accountable,

too. We’ll start here. He hasn’t been good at killing penalties.

He’s been very inconsistent. We have a few kids up now, and that’s

jammed things up.”