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Sean Hartnett

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

Ryan McDonagh (Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

Hartnett: McDonagh Puts In Monster Game 1 Performance, Rangers Win 7-2

Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh will continue to serve as a constant reminder of one of the worst trades in Canadiens’ history.

05/18/2014

Dominic Moore #28 of the New York Rangers, left, and Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers celebrate after Boyle scored a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period in Game Seven of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 13, 2014 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Will Top Habs In 6, Advance To Stanley Cup Finals

Price won the gold medal over Lundqvist at the Sochi Olympics. This time, Lundqvist will get the better of Price and lead the Blueshirts to their first Stanley Cup finals appearance since that magical year of 1994.

05/15/2014

Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Unflappable Lundqvist Is Rangers’ King Of Comebacks

Fans have grown accustomed to Henrik Lundqvist’s breathtaking heroics. But those final five minutes Tuesday may have been the best hockey he’s ever played.

05/14/2014

Derick Brassard, left, and Mats Zuccarello celebrate. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Aside From Lundqvist, Brassard Has Been Rangers’ Series MVP

The bigger the game, the better Rangers center Derick Brassard plays. Ever since the Rangers fell into a 3-1 series deficit, Brassard has made vital contributions.

05/13/2014

Martin St. Louis during Game 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Lion-Hearted Martin St. Louis Is All Inspiration, All The Time

St. Louis has affected his new Rangers teammates with a no-quit attitude following the death of his mother. These guys would run through a wall for him on any night.

05/12/2014

Dan Girardi #5, Chris Kreider #20 and Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers celebrate with Kevin Klein #8 after Klein's goal in the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Five of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 9, 2014 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. New York defeated Pittsburgh 5-1. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Band Together To Avoid Elimination, Inject Life Into Playoff Charge

In Game 5, the Rangers transformed into a confident, cohesive unit. They put away the bad habits that plagued them 48 hours earlier.

05/10/2014

Paul Martin #7 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers crash into the boards during Game Four of the Second Round in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 7, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: It’s Easy To Bash Nash, But Rangers Have Collectively Failed

Every person inside the Garden deserves a full refund for being subjected to the sloppy, out-of-sync, uninspired hockey produced by the Rangers.

05/08/2014

Rangers forward Chris Kreider  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Kreider May Return To Goal-Needy Rangers For Game 4

After being shut out in consecutive games by Marc-Andre Fleury and the Penguins, the Rangers are in desperate need of a spark to ignite their slumping offense. It may come in the form of Chris Kreider.

05/07/2014

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