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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

Marian Gaborik (credit: Lou Capozzola/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Marian Gaborik Must Find His Game, Or He’ll Find Himself Out Of Town

It’s time for Marian Gaborik to shape up, otherwise he’ll be shipped out before the April 3 trade deadline.

03/13/2013

Marian Gaborik #10 of the New York Rangers (C) scores a power-play goal and is joined by Rick Nash #61 (L) and Ryan Callahan #24 (R). (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Grading The Rangers At The Midway Point

Sean Hartnett hands out his grades for the Rangers at the midway point of the season. Would you give John Tortorella and his boys a pass or fail?

03/12/2013

Rick Nash (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Top Gun Rick Nash Will Become The Toast Of N.Y.

Pretty soon, Nash will capture the hearts of New Yorkers — not in a brief Jeremy Lin way, but instead in a Mark Messier way.

03/01/2013

Rick Nash scored for the Rangers during their 4-1 win over visiting Tampa Bay on Feb. 28, 2013. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Coincidence? Nash Returns And Rangers Turn It Back On, Zap Lightning

Rick Nash’s mere presence in the New York Rangers’ lineup indicated he was over the injury woes that sidelined him for four games. His play on the ice proved it.

02/28/2013

Ryan Callahan (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Must Follow Callahan’s Lead To Climb Out Of Hole

Ryan Callahan can look in the mirror and know that he gives everything for the entire 60 minutes. The same can’t be said about the majority of his teammates.

02/27/2013

Ilya Kovalchuk (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Kovalchuk, Devils Setting The Pace In The Atlantic

Ilya Kovalchuk and the determined Devils have the fortitude needed to win the Atlantic and perhaps make another visit to the Stanley Cup finals.

02/22/2013

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Spark Plug Carl Hagelin Igniting Rangers’ Upturn

From the drop of the puck to the final buzzer, Carl Hagelin’s legs are constantly churning.

02/18/2013

Rangers captain Ryan Callahan

Captain Callahan Rescues Rangers From Worst Loss Of The Season

Twice already in this young and lockout-shortened season the New York Rangers have blown multigoal leads to Boston. Twice they have been lucky to come away with a win.

02/12/2013

Arron Asham #45 of the New York Rangers is congratulated by teammates Jeff Halpern #15 and Darroll Powe #8. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Silverman: Rangers Appear Ready To Overcome Slow Start

It won’t be easy to get past the Penguins, Bruins and (heaven forbid) the Devils, but they have the best depth in the Eastern Conference. The slow start will not keep them from reaching their goals this season.

02/12/2013

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