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Derick Brassard of the New York Rangers celebrates after scoring a goal late in th second period against the Montreal Canadiens during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on May 25, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

On The Verge: Rangers Not Taking 3-1 Lead Over Canadiens For Granted

The Rangers have two key assets to fall back on — penalty killing and goaltending. It’s a combo that has put them within one victory of their first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years.

05/27/2014

Alain Vigneault (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rangers HC Alain Vigneault: We’re Not ‘Dishonest And Dishonorable’

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault is angry his team has been portrayed as “dishonorable and dishonest” by the Montreal Canadiens and coach Michel Therrien.

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

Tomas Plekanec #14 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates Alex Galchenyuk's game-winning overtime goal as Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers looks on in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Habs Stun Blueshirts At MSG, And Suddenly It’s A Series

Lundqvist was stellar in claiming the first two wins of the Eastern Conference finals for the Rangers over the Canadiens on the road. But Montreal exacted a bit of revenge in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden.

05/23/2014

Madison Square Garden (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Vigneault, Rangers Look Toward Fired-Up MSG For Game 3

Gone will be the fear of impending doom. Suddenly, the Rangers are the front-runners against the Canadiens, and their fans now have the chance to celebrate the ride with them.

05/22/2014

Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers celebrates after scoring a goal against Dustin Tokarski #35 of the Montreal Canadiens during the first period in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Red-Hot Rangers Head Home 2 Wins From Stanley Cup Final

Henrik Lundqvist has the surging Rangers two wins away. “I thought we played well, and the only reason we lost was Lundqvist,” Montreal coach Michel Therrien said after Monday’s Game 2.

05/20/2014

Martin St. Louis after scoring a first-period goal against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on May 17, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

St. Louis, Rangers Buckle Down For Game 2 After Somber Off Day

The Rangers joined star forward Martin St. Louis at his mother’s funeral outside Montreal on Sunday. Head coach Alain Vigneault’s voice cracked as he described the service.

05/19/2014

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

Rangers To Attend Funeral Of St. Louis’ Mother After East Finals Opener

The Rangers will be all business for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday. The next day will be rough, win or lose.

05/16/2014

The New York Rangers bench looks on against the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game 6 of the second round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 11, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rangers Get Much-Needed Break Before Crossing Border In East Finals

Although the Canadiens have one fewer day to prepare, they will have home-ice advantage. The Rangers were 1-1-1 this season against Montreal, which finished four points ahead of NY.

05/15/2014

Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers and Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers celebrate Richards' second-period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins 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)

Silverman: Rangers Play Comeback Card Masterfully; What Happens Now?

The Rangers rose to the occasion and beat a more talented opponent. They will sit and wait for Boston or Montreal to emerge as their opponents in the Eastern Conference finals.

05/14/2014

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

Henrik Lundqvist defends the net against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Rangers Ride Red-Hot Henrik Lundqvist To Conference Finals

The horn sounded and Lundqvist lifted his arms in a mixture of joy and exhaustion. Hey, nobody said carrying a team back from the brink was going to be easy, even for the goaltender his Rangers teammates call “King.”

05/14/2014

Henrik Lundqvist #30 and Derick Brassard #16 of the New York Rangers celebrate their win over the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Six of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 11, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Do-Or-Die Time: Rangers Looking To Stun Penguins In Game 7

Looking overmatched and overwhelmed while falling behind 3-1 to the Penguins four games into the Eastern Conference semis, it’s the Rangers who head to Game 7 on Tuesday night looking like the team ready to move on.

05/13/2014

Martin St. Louis celebrates the New York Rangers' 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden on May 11, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rangers, Fans Rally Behind Grieving Martin St. Louis On Mother’s Day

New York has never won a series it trailed 3-1 and has never beaten the Penguins in the playoffs. That trend might be changing, largely due to the emotional lift St. Louis brought to the Rangers this weekend.

05/12/2014

Jussi Jokinen #36 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates after scoring a third-period goal against the New York Rangers 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)

Jokinen, Penguins Have Rangers On Brink Of Elimination

“They’re a good team and I don’t want to take any credit away from how well they’re playing right now,” Vigneault said. “They’re making it real hard on us.”

05/09/2014

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