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Nash inching forward, returns to ice

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New York Rangers star winger Rick Nash returned to the ice Saturday for the first time since suffering a concussion Oct. 8. There is still no timetable for his return, but getting some time on the ice prior to practice is the first major hurdle cleared in his recovery.

Nash was injured after being hit in the head by San Jose Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart, who was suspended for the play.

"He's on the road to recovery, he's skating," Rangers general manager Glen Sather said. "But he's got a ways to go with his conditioning."

The Rangers, who are 7-6 since Nash went down, have been finding their form recently, winning five of their last seven before Sunday's game against the Florida Panthers at the Madison Square Garden. Nash's return should only add to the positive vibes recently surrounding the team, although everyone involved is being cautious.

"Dealing with the brain, you always want to be careful," Nash said. "I'm inching forward here. I'm getting better."

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