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Callahan returns to Rangers to face rival Islanders

The SportsXchange

New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan returned to the lineup Thursday after missing three games with a shoulder injury.

Callahan was forced out of the Jan. 29 game against the Philadelphia Flyers after a scuffle with Max Talbot. The Rangers captain was tugged hard to the ground by Talbot, and left the ice holding his shoulder in pain.

An MRI the next day revealed a shoulder subluxation, and Callahan was expected to miss 10-to-14 days. He was placed on the injured reserve list on Feb. 5 in order to clear a roster spot, but returned to the lineup for Thursday's game against the Islanders at Madison Square Garden.

With Callahan returning on Thursday, coach John Tortorella elected to sit Brian Boyle as a healthy scratch.

Callahan has two goals and a minus-four rating in six games with the Rangers this season.
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