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Alexander Ovechkin (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) and Jonathan Quick (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Hartnett: U.S.-Russia Should Be Everything You Would Expect — And More

If the United States’ victory over Slovakia on Thursday can be considered a breeze, Saturday morning’s showdown with host nation Russia will be a stern examination of the medal prospects for both teams.

02/14/2014

Alexander Ovechkin #8 of Russia passes the puck against Slovenia during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Pressure On Russians To Beat The U.S. Must Be Unbearable

The Russians believe this is the game that can wipe away the damage Jim Craig, Mike Eruzione, Jack O’Callahan and the rest of our boys did some 34 years ago.

02/14/2014

John Moore of the New York Rangers celebrates with Ryan McDonagh after scoring in the second period against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on October 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Resurgent Rangers Appear To Be Turning The Corner

If the Blueshirts can replicate this kind of complete performance throughout the season, they’ll win a ton of games. They appeared to turn the corner in D.C.

10/17/2013

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, left, blocks a shot by the Kings’ Tanner Pearson during a preseason game at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sept. 27, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Hartnett’s Fearless 2013-14 NHL Regular Season & Stanley Cup Predictions

The new NHL comes to life when the puck drops on Tuesday night. Four brand spanking new divisions (some with geographically confusing names) will be introduced. From there, it should be chaos as usual.

10/01/2013

Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers makes a save on John Tavares of the New York Islanders. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Lundqvist Named Second Team NHL All-Star, Tavares Misses Out

Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers was voted as the Second Team goaltender and John Tavares of the Islanders missed out.

07/03/2013

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) and John Tavares of the New York Islanders. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Ovechkin Awarded Third Career Hart Trophy, Isles Center Tavares Finishes Third Place

It wasn’t John Tavares’ year as Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals was awarded his third career Hart Trophy.

06/15/2013

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Don’t Buy Into The Fear; Lundqvist Will Finish His Career With Rangers

This city offers Henrik Lundqvist everything he desires. He isn’t going to turn his back and throw it all away.

05/29/2013

Capitals coach Adam Oates (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Capitals’ Adam Oates Says He Could ‘Easily’ Beat Up Out-Of-Line Rangers Coach

Oates isn’t happy with John Tortorella for calling the Capitals a bunch of whiners after the Rangers beat Washington in the first round of the NHL playoffs.

05/17/2013

Alex Ovechkin (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Caps’ Ovechkin Calls Out Referees; ‘Someone Wanted Game 7 For The Ratings’

“I don’t know whether the refs were predisposed against us or the league,” Ovechkin said. “But to not give obvious penalties (to the Rangers), while for us any little thing was immediately penalized…”

05/14/2013

The Rangers’ Taylor Pyatt, middle, celebrates with Derek Dorsett after scoring in the second period against the Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the Verizon Center on May 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Rangers Win Game 7 On The Road For The First Time In Franchise History

Led by Henrik Lundqvist’s 35 saves in a second consecutive shutout, and goals from some unlikely sources, the New York Rangers beat the Washington Capitals 5-0 in Game 7 Monday night to reach the Eastern Conference semifinals.

05/14/2013

Henrik Lundqvist makes a save in the second period against Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals during Game 5 in Washington. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Season On The Line For Rangers, Capitals In Winner-Take-All Game 7

Home-ice advantage has held up for six games between Washington and New York. The Rangers hope to snap the trend in Monday’s do-or-die series finale.

05/13/2013

John Tavares of the Islanders skates in warmups prior Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Center John Tavares Named Hart Trophy Finalist

Tavares is among the three finalists for the NHL’s prestigious Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the player “adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.”

05/10/2013

Jason Chimera of the Washington Capitals is tripped up by Taylor Pyatt in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

History Not On Capitals’ Side For Game 5 Vs. Rangers

Nobody collapses in the postseason quite like the Capitals. 1985. 1987. 1992. 1995. 1996. 2003. 2009. 2010. All series that Washington led either 2-0 or 3-1 — and went on to lose.

05/10/2013

John Tortorella (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Return To ‘Tortorella Hockey’ Has Rangers Winning

Let’s face it, the Rangers have a lot of positives going for them right now. And they’re playing the sort of gritty hockey typical of a John Tortorella-coached team.

05/09/2013

The Rangers’ Derick Brassard, second from right, celebrates his power-play goal at 1:23 of the second period in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against Washington at Madison Square Garden on May 6, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers Claw Their Way Back Into The Series With Gritty Win In Game 3

Derek Stepan and Arron Asham both scored tiebreaking goals in the third period for the New York Rangers in a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 on Monday night.

05/07/2013

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