Igor Shesterkin took part in the morning skate for the New York Rangers on Thursday prior to their game against the Washington Capitals on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; MSG, NBCSWA, NHL.TV) and is day to day.

It marked the goalie's first practice with the Rangers after missing five games because of a nondisplaced rib fracture sustained in a car accident Feb. 23.

"Definitely a step in the right direction," coach David Quinn said Thursday. "I think we're back to the point where it's day to day. I don't know how he felt. It really is now day to day, so we'll see."

Shesterkin was to be reevaluated two weeks after the accident; Quinn had suggested Monday that the timeline for Shesterkin's return could be accelerated.