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Sean Hartnett

Head coach Alain Vigneault of the New York Rangers talks with the media after the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Rangers 3-2 in overtime during Game One of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on June 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Are In Excellent Hands Long-Term Under Vigneault

This is just the beginning. Vigneault’s roster will continue to evolve into one that is geared toward executing his uptempo philosophies.

06/11/2014

Brad Richards (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Richards Is Making Buyout An Easy Call For Rangers

Look no further than alternate captain Brad Richards as the main reason why the Rangers’ power play has fizzled. His overall game has disintegrated during the finals.

06/10/2014

Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers celebrates with teammates Anton Stralman #6, Derek Dorsett #15, Carl Hagelin #62 and Dominic Moore #28 after McDonagh scores a first-period goal against the Los Angeles Kings during Game Two of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on June 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Are Far From Done; Their Biggest Strength Is Resiliency

Whenever the Rangers have reached what appears to be their breaking point, they have found a way of turning their emotion into a rallying spirit and driven focus.

06/09/2014

Martin St. Louis (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Wouldn’t Have Reached Final Without Spirit Of St. Louis

With the Rangers facing a 1-0 series deficit ahead of Game 2, there is no skater more valuable on this team than St. Louis because of the collection of experiences he’s acquired and his willingness to dispense advice.

06/06/2014

Rick Nash during Game 1 of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on June 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Need Slumping Star Rick Nash To Find His Game ASAP

It’s one thing to get by the Flyers, Penguins and Canadiens without consistent contributions from No. 61. The Kings are a different kind of animal, as we saw in Game 1.

06/05/2014

Mats Zuccarello (Photo by Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Zuccarello Carries Hopes Of Growing Hockey Nation On His Back

Zuccarello is only one of seven Norwegians who have played in the NHL, and he’s set to shatter all records held by a Norwegian.

06/04/2014

The Los Angeles Kings celebrate after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime in Game Seven to win the Western Conference Final in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on June 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Justin Heiman/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Bigger, Sharper Kings Will Defeat Rangers In Stanley Cup Final

The Kings have more brute strength, bite and snarl to their game than the Rangers. They’re loaded with scorers and possess an electric power play.

06/03/2014

Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers battles for the puck against Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 29, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Old-School Ryan McDonagh Has Been ‘Mr. Everything’ For Rangers

Everything about Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh is old-school. At 24, McDonagh is only in the infancy of his career, but he’s always emitted a veteran aura.

06/02/2014

Martin St. Louis, left, and Brad Richards celebrate after the Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 on May 29, 2014, to advance to the Stanley Cup finals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Richards, St. Louis No Strangers To Willing Teams To Greatness

Ten years after leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to their first Stanley Cup championship, veteran Rangers teammates Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis are ready for an encore.

05/30/2014

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Expect The Best From Henrik Lundqvist In Game 6

Canadiens winger Rene Bourque made some rather pointed remarks in an obvious attempt to rattle Lundqvist ahead of Game 6. He may have picked the wrong guy to mess with.

05/29/2014

The New York Rangers leave the ice after losing to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on May 27, 2014.  (Photo by Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Better Not Bring Game 5 Stink Back To MSG

The Rangers need to leave the odor — and the brutal hockey — in Montreal after completely falling flat at Bell Center in a 7-4 defeat Tuesday.

05/28/2014

The New York Rangers celebrate after Martin St. Louis scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Dustin Tokarski #35 of the Montreal Canadiens to win Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 25, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Martin St. Louis Has Etched His Name Into New York Sports Lore

Martin St. Louis propelled the Broadway Blueshirts to a dramatic victory that New Yorkers will never forget.

05/26/2014

Derick Brassard #16 of the New York Rangers  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Return Of Brassard Will Provide Boost For Rangers In Game 4

Derick Brassard has been itching to return to the Rangers’ lineup. Now healthy, the 26-year-old center will finally get his chance to make his mark on this series when he takes the ice for pivotal Game 4.

05/24/2014

Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers in goal against Brian Gionta of the Montreal Canadiens during the first period in Game 2 of the 2014 Eastern Conference finals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Possessed Lundqvist Has Rangers So Close, They Can Taste It

He’s playing at a supreme level, to the point where beating the Rangers has become nearly impossible. And don’t look now — the King is six wins away from being crowned.

05/20/2014

Rangers forward Chris Kreider, left, slides into Canadiens goalie Carey during the second period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on May 17, 2014, at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The Rangers defeated the Canadiens 7-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Canadiens Coach Paints Kreider As Public Enemy No. 1

Michel Therrien just took the Eastern Conference finals to a new level of intensity.

05/19/2014

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