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Alex Ovechkin

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

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes a save in the first period against the Capitals’ Marcus Johansson during Game 1 of the teams’ Eastern Conference quarterfinal series on May 2, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Rangers Fall Asleep In Second Period, Never Recover In Game 1 Loss

Alex Ovechkin’s franchise-record 31st career playoff goal got the Capitals started before teammates Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera scored 46 seconds apart, and Washington beat the New York Rangers 3-1 Thursday night in Game 1.

05/03/2013

Here we go again: Alex Ovechkin vs. Henrik Lundqvist. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Here We Go Again: Monzo’s Rangers-Capitals Playoff Preview

What would playoff hockey be without the Rangers playing the Capitals?

05/02/2013

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals shoots the puck through Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist's legs on March 24, 2013. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Fearless Predictions For The 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Who’s ready to lift the Stanley Cup? Sean Hartnett gives you a full breakdown of the 2013 NHL Playoffs.

04/30/2013

Brandon Sutter #16 of the Pittsburgh Penguins slides to block a shot by Andrew MacDonald #47 of the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 22, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NHL Playoff Schedule: Dates, Times For Islanders-Penguins, Rangers-Capitals

The NHL has announced its schedule for the opening round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs — and there’s no shortage of intrigue for our locals in the Eastern Conference.

04/29/2013

John Tavares

Capellini: Making A Case For Islanders’ Tavares And The Hart Trophy

Whether or not the Islanders’ John Tavares should win the Hart Trophy goes back to the age-old argument of “most valuable” versus “best” player. So, let’s ask the questions that should be asked.

04/24/2013

The Islanders' Michael Grabner scored the first goal of the game on March 26, 2013, at Washington. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Islanders Fight, Scratch And Claw Their Way To 2 Points In Washington

Fighting for a playoff spot, the New York Islanders could ill afford to waste a two-goal lead to start a crucial four-game trip. Thanks to John Tavares, they didn’t.

03/26/2013

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Boyle Returns To Lineup, Comes Up Big For Rangers In Win Over Caps

Brian Boyle scored an important goal for the Rangers in his return to lineup as the Rangers defeated the Caps 4-1.

03/10/2013

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Tavares Leads Isles Demoltion Of The Caps

John Tavares led the way with two power play goals in the Isles 5-2 victory over the Caps.

03/09/2013

Ilya Kovalchuk (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Devils Get It Done In Third, Ride Kovalchuk Power-Play Goal To Win Over Caps

Dropping to a knee as he let his shot fly, Ilya Kovalchuk scored the tiebreaking goal with about 8 1/2 minutes left to complete New Jersey’s 3-2 comeback victory Thursday night over NHL-worst Washington.

02/21/2013

Devils Ilya Kovalchuk, center, Patrik Elias, right, and Marek Zidlicky celebrate a second-period goal against the Capitals at the Prudential Center on Jan. 25, 2013. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Devils Win Again, Off To Best Start Since 2002-03 Championship Season

Ilya Kovalchuk scored 4:39 into overtime, and the New Jersey Devils won their third straight game to start the lockout-shortened season, 3-2 over the winless Washington Capitals on Friday night.

01/25/2013

Jonathan Quick and Marian Gaborik (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Fearless Predictions For The 2013 NHL Season

Who’s primed to lift the Stanley Cup at season’s end? Hartnett has readied his fearless NHL predictions for the 2013 season.

01/18/2013

Ilya Kovalchuk (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Kovalchuk Remains On KHL All-Star Roster; Will He Go To Devils’ Training Camp?

Kovalchuk has been playing in the Kontinental Hockey League, and is on the roster for the KHL All-Star Game set to take place on Sunday in Chelyabinsk. And therein lies the confusion.

01/09/2013

Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers controls the puck. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: The NHL Is Back! Great — Now Fix It!

Instead of merely bean-counting, the NHL’s caretakers should be looking for ways to bring the game back from the muck it’s become.

01/08/2013

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