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Filip Chytil craves more playing time in Rangers postseason

After more than six months recovering from a suspected concussion, the Czech forward is craving more adrenaline like the one he felt in his first game a week and a half ago.

After just one shift, Sitil was able to regain the feel he had been missing for most of the season.

But all that was blown away in an instant when Sithil woke up two days later feeling unwell and was unable to play in the remainder of the second-round series against the Hurricanes.

The Rangers have advanced to the Eastern Conference finals and will play the Panthers at the Garden starting Wednesday, but Sittil is eager for a chance to get back in the game.


Filip Sittil missed several games of the Hurricanes series due to illness and is itching to get back on the ice. Jason Suzens, New York Post

“Of course I want to compete,” he said Sunday after a well-attended optional practice at the MSG Training Center. “That’s what we practice. We don’t practice to stay. [at] Practice it and have fun. Obviously, I wasn’t able to participate all season, so I’m glad to be able to get through something like this. You can train for what can happen in the game, but of course the best thing to do is to play the game. That’s where the adrenaline gets, and that’s where I want to be. ”

This season has been tough overall for Cytill, who went down after just 10 games with a concussion for the fourth time in his seven-year NHL career.

It was a long road to the third leg of the second leg, and an unfortunate setback in January led to a trip to his native Czech Republic to reset.

Even after receiving his medical diagnosis at the start of the playoffs, Cityl practiced heavily before returning to the lineup.

Sitil said he feels great now.

He added that with a few more practices, he’ll be able to work on his game and see where he’s going.

The 24-year-old has been a full participant in practice after missing Games 4, 5 and 6 against the Canes due to an “illness” and then “soreness.”


In the third period, Carolina Hurricanes #52 Piotr Kochetkov protects the net from New York Rangers #72 Filip Szczil as Carolina Hurricanes #76 Brady Skrzej attempts to block.
Pyotr Kochetkov (52) of the Carolina Hurricanes protects the net from Filip Chytil (72) of the Rangers. Jason Suzens/New York Post

Asked how close he was to 100 percent, Sittil said, “I don’t know about percentages.” “Too many people talk to me about that percentage. We don’t talk about that. I don’t know. …Right now I just go to work every day, so we’ll see what happens. But if I play, Give my best.”

Adam Fox, Ryan Lindgren and Quandre Miller were the only regular skaters not participating in the Rangers’ optional practice on Sunday.


The Rangers loaned Dylan Garland to the Hartford Wolfpack for Game 2 of the Atlantic Division Finals series against the Hershey Bears on Saturday.

Garland made 23 saves in a 4-2 loss, meaning the Rangers’ AHL affiliate will need to win on Wednesday to avoid elimination.

Garland is still available for the Rangers if the varsity club needs him.

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