The Washington Times - April 30, 2012, 11:32AM

NEW YORK | Brian Boyle was arguably one of the most important players for the New York Rangers at the beginning of the Ottawa Senators series. He had three goals in parts of five games before Chris Neil’s hit knocked him out with a concussion.

Boyle’s back for Game 2 against the Washington Capitals on Monday night. As of Monday morning, the 27-year-old center didn’t know if he’d play.

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I’m not gonna really think about the long-term. If I feel healthy, I know I’ll feel healthy, and I’ll play and hopefully it doesn’t last forever,” he said. “I mean, they don’t all last forever.”

This is Boyle’s first concussion, so he’s working through things that cause him to be unable to explain if he’s ready.

I’ll decide when I’m fully healthy and ready to go. It’s not going to change anything,” he said. “I think I’ll try to play the same way.”

Boyle will center the third line for the Rangers. His return bumps ex-Caps defenseman Steve Eminger out.