Sean Hartnett

New York Rangers' Kevin Klein (R) celebrates his goal in front of Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings to tie the game 2-2 during the second period at Staples Center on January 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Hartnett: On Western Swing, Rangers Prove They’re Beasts Of East

Speed kills. It appears the blazing Blueshirts have perfected AV’s system after defeating two Pacific Division powerhouses in the Ducks and Kings in consecutive nights.

01/09/2015

Derick Brassard celebrates his goal with Dominic Moore and J.T. Miller against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on January 7, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Put NHL On Notice Ahead Of LA Showdown

Look up and down the lineup. Every player is contributing. And Wednesday’ night’s win over NHL-best Anaheim was a statement to the rest of the league.

01/08/2015

The Rangers’ Dan Boyle celebrates with teammates after assisting on a goal against the Stars in on Dec. 29, 2014, in Dallas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Heading Back To Cali With An Invigorated Power Play

How the Rangers fare on their California road swing could be a true measurement of their progress following last summer’s Stanley Cup Final defeat.

01/07/2015

Anthony Duclair (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Facing Decision On Star Prospect Anthony Duclair

Eventually his talent will blossom into NHL stardom, but this isn’t going to be Duclair’s year to shine. In all likelihood, the Rangers will return him to the juniors.

01/06/2015

Derek Stepan  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Stepan’s Contributions Proving Vital For Surging Rangers

Since returning on Nov. 8, Rangers center Derek Stepan has been playing the most dominant hockey of his five-year NHL career.

01/01/2015

Brad Malone of the Carolina Hurricanes battles for possession of the puck against J.T. Miller, left, of the New York Rangers during their NHL game at PNC Arena on December 20, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Are Being Rewarded For Their Faith In J.T. Miller

Sometimes the smartest moves are the ones you don’t make. The Rangers are finding that out about former first-round pick J.T. Miller.

12/31/2014

The New York Rangers celebrate after defeating the Washington Capitals 4-2 in a game at Madison Square Garden on December 23, 2014. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Take Game Up A Notch Against Ovechkin, Extend Streak To 7

The Rangers always seem to find a way to kick their game up a notch when Alex Ovechkin and the Caps enter MSG.

12/24/2014

Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers celebrates his goal at 4:10 of the first period against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden on December 21, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Streaking Rangers Feel The Confidence Flowing Again

Having extended their winning streak to six games, the Rangers are brimming with confidence.

12/22/2014

FILE -- Rick Nash (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Red-Hot Rick Nash In Early Mix For Hart Trophy

Nash means business. So do the Rangers. It’s been a truly amazing return to form for No. 61.

12/17/2014

Kevin Hayes of the New York Rangers celebrates his first NHL goal at 7:18 of the third period against the San Jose Sharks at Madison Square Garden on October 19, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers’ Rookie Kevin Hayes Looks Like The Real Deal

Rookie center Kevin Hayes has special written all over him. The 22-year-old Boston College graduate has adapted quickly to the demands of the fast-paced NHL, earning the trust of teammates and head coach Alain Vigneault.

12/11/2014

Kevin Klein #8 of the New York Rangers celebrates his game-winning goal at 3:45 of overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on December 8, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Ultra-Tough Kevin Klein Has Been The Rangers’ Savior

Klein has been the one Rangers defenseman who has been dependable in all areas of the ice over the span of 26 games.

12/09/2014

Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers is hit into the boards by Radko Gudas #7 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Madison Square Garden on December 1, 2014.(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Oh How The Mighty Rangers Have Fallen

Are the Rangers a playoff-caliber team? Certainly. Are they Stanley Cup contenders? It sure isn’t looking that way.

12/02/2014

Martin St. Louis fights for the puck with Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden on November 23, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Martin St. Louis Sets The Tone For A Rangers Turnaround

The 39-year-old winger was a force throughout Sunday’s victory over Montreal, harassing the Habs with his legs and executing an array of jaw-dropping passes.

11/24/2014

Kevin Klein clears the puck ahead of Sean Couturier of the Philadelphia Flyers on November 19, 2014 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Klein-Del Zotto Swap Remains One Of Sather’s Great Steals

The Rangers pulled the plug on MDZ at the right time. Meanwhile, Kevin Klein has been trusted to play an increased role this season — and it’s paying off.

11/20/2014

Ryan Callahan skates around Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist before scoring a goal in the third period at Madison Square Garden on November 17, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Vigneault Right To Be Furious After Callahan, Lightning Rout Rangers

Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle stormed into MSG to give Rangers fans a taste of what their team is missing: effort, execution and confidence.

11/18/2014

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