John Tortorella didn't take it easy on Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan in their first game back last night.

"They're a big part of our team," the Rangers coach said after a 4-3 shootout loss to the Penguins. "I'm not sure what their minutes were, but we certainly didn't hesitate to put them on the ice."

No, he didn't. Dubinsky, who had an assist, finished with a 23:10 of ice time -- a team-high among forwards -- after missing five games with a stress fracture in his left fibula. Callahan, who tied the game with a power-play goal with 12.5 seconds remaining in the second period, finished with 21:07 after missing 19 games with a broken finger that he injured, coincidentally, against Pittsburgh on Dec. 15.

"I felt good," Dubinsky said. "I felt strong. I had a long one yesterday, and today I felt good when I got up, and was ready to go.

"It was just a pain tolerance thing, and right now I'm not in any pain, so it's good."

Said Callahan: "I felt pretty good out there. First shift, I was just trying to get my feet under me a little bit, trying to get my legs going. But overall, my conditioning felt good. I wanted to come out there tonight and create some energy and play my game, stay within myself, and I think I did that and I was happy with my game.