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Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins winces as he squirts water on his face against the New York Rangers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Bruins’ Goalie Tuukka Rask Looking To Rebound Against Rangers In Game 5

Rask has the opportunity to close out the series in Game 5 on home ice at TD Garden.

05/24/2013

Derick Brassard, left, and Brian Boyle of the New York Rangers celebrate Boyle’s goal in the third period against the Boston Bruins during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden on May 23, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Kreider Keeps Rangers’ Season Alive, Scores Overtime Winner In Game 4

Chris Kreider steered in a pass from Rick Nash 7:03 into overtime, and the New York Rangers stayed alive in the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

05/24/2013

John Tortorella (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Silverman: John Tortorella’s Coaching Moves Likely To Bury Rangers

Tortorella is writing his own epitaph. Unless his defining messages bring about a miracle, he seems to be in his final days of coaching a team that has been a heartbreaking disappointment each of the last two playoff years.

05/23/2013

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Hands Off The Panic Switch — Rangers Are Far From Done

No team has ever come back from 0-2 deficits in back-to-back series in NHL history. If there’s ever a team that might do it, it’s Tortorella’s prideful Rangers.

05/20/2013

Rick Nash and Brad Richards of the New York Rangers. (Photos by Elsa and Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Hartnett: No-Show Nash And Invisible Richards Must Make Difference For Rangers In Game 6

The Rangers’ woeful 2-for-21 power play can be pinpointed to the underwhelming play of Brad Richards and Rick Nash, their two highest paid players.

05/12/2013

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’ Ryane Clowe celebrates a goal by Carl Hagelin at 10:13 of the second period against the Capitals in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden on May 8, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hagelin, Brassard Help Send Rangers Back To Washington For Game 5 Tied

Dan Girardi and Derek Stepan scored third-period goals for the New York Rangers, who squandered a two-goal lead and then held on to get even in the best-of-seven playoff series with a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.

05/09/2013

Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers (C) celebrates his first-period goal against the Washington Capitals along with Mats Zuccarello #36 (R) and Dan Girardi #5 (L) in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Monzo: 3 Thoughts From Game 3 Of Rangers-Capitals, And Other Blueshirts Notes

The Rangers did a lot of good things and struggled in other areas. Here are three things I took from Monday night — good and bad.

05/07/2013

Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

‘The Other Guy’ Braden Holtby Is Looking To Outperform Rangers’ Lundqvist

Less-heralded Braden Holtby is looking to continue outperforming Henrik Lundqvist as the series shifts to Madison Square Garden.

05/05/2013

Head coach John Tortorella and the Rangers at Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on May 2, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Put Faith In Meticulous Tortorella; He’ll Self-Correct Rangers Before Game 2

A broken power play, too much time spent in the penalty box and a bizarre off-night from elite netminder Henrik Lundqvist. These trends can’t continue if the Blueshirts wish to march into the Eastern Conference semifinals.

05/03/2013

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

Derek Stepan (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

After Breakout Season, Rising Star Derek Stepan Has Eyes On Stanley Cup Playoffs

After quickly dismissing a question regarding the health and status of key defenseman Marc Staal, by saying there was no update regarding his eye injury, Tortorella became engaged when asked about rising star Derek Stepan.

05/01/2013

The Rangers’ Mats Zuccarello scores the winning shootout goal against the Maple Leafs. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hartnett: ‘Hobbit’ Zuccarello Making A Difference In Rangers’ Playoff Push

Mats Zuccarello’s overtime-winning shootout goal could go a long way in determining how high the Rangers finish in the Eastern Conference.

04/11/2013

Ryane Clowe (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Monzo: Removing Marian Gaborik, Adding Ryane Clowe Were No-Brainer Moves

In the last 48 hours, the Rangers have completely revamped their team — not only for the playoff push, but moving forward for next season.

04/04/2013

The Rangers’ Rick Nash, right. celebrates his goal in the second period against the Devils at the Prudential Center on March 19, 2013. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rangers Top Devils, Teams Now Tied For 8th And Final Playoff Position In East

All the New York Rangers needed to regain their confidence and get back in the playoff hunt was two wins in two nights. That is how tight the NHL is in this lockout-shortened season.

03/19/2013

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