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Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets puts pressure on Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers in third-period action at the MTS Centre on March 31, 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

Hartnett: NHL Will Look Like April Fools If Byfuglien Escapes Ban

That was as bad of a cross-checking incident as you’re going to see in an 82-game season. It’s time to get tough, NHL. Throw the book at Byfuglien.

04/01/2015

WINNIPEG, MB - MARCH 31: The puck flies past Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Winnipeg Jets as Derick Brassard #16 of the New York Rangers (not shown) scores in second-period action in an NHL game at the MTS Centre on March 31, 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

Rangers Rally To Beat Winnipeg On Kreider Goal

Chris Kreider scored with 3:46 left in the third period, and Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers rallied to beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Tuesday night.

04/01/2015

Rangers forward Chris Kreider (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers Clinch Playoff Spot With 5-1 Win Over Ottawa

Chris Kreider had two goals and an assist and the New York Rangers clinched a playoff spot with a 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

03/27/2015

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 26:  Lee Stempniak #12 of the New York Rangers celebrates his game winning goal at 17:46 of the third period against the Arizona Coyotes at Madison Square Garden on February 26, 2015 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Coyotes 4-3.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers Tied With Isles Atop Metro After Beating Coyotes

Lee Stempniak broke a tie with 2:14 left, netting his second goal of the game, and Chris Kreider also scored twice to lift the New York Rangers to a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Arizona on Thursday night.

02/27/2015

Derek Stepan #21 of the New York Rangers celebrates his goal with Chris Kreider #20 in the third period against the New York Islanders on February 16, 2015 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale,New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Have Big-Game Players, And It Will Benefit Them In Playoffs

New Yorkers are craving a Rangers-Islanders playoff showdown, and it almost seems inevitable that the Battle of New York will be fought in an epic playoff clash sometime in April or May.

02/17/2015

FILE -- A close up view of the action in the front row as the Colorado Avalanche face the New York Rangers at the Pepsi Center on November 19, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Rangers 5-1.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Rangers Score 4 In 1st Period, Rout Sabres 6-1

Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and Rick Nash scored power-play goals 2:32 apart in the first period, and the surging New York Rangers rolled to a 6-1 victory over the slumping Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

01/03/2015

Cam Talbot of the New York Rangers stops a shot in the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers on Nov. 19, 2014 at Madison Square Garden.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rangers Get Back To Winning Ways, Top Panthers 5-2

Ryan McDonagh, Chris Kreider and Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist each, and the New York Rangers got back to their winning ways with a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night.

12/31/2014

Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers celebrates his goal at 4:10 of the first period against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden on December 21, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Streaking Rangers Feel The Confidence Flowing Again

Having extended their winning streak to six games, the Rangers are brimming with confidence.

12/22/2014

Jonathan Bernier #45 of the Toronto Maple Leafs is scored on by Carl Hagelin #62 of the New York Rangers during NHL action at the Air Canada Centre November 8, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

Maple Leafs Rally In 3rd, Top Rangers 5-4

Leo Komarov snapped a tie with 5:34 left, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the New York Rangers 5-4 on Saturday night in a game in which both teams struggled with the lead.

11/08/2014

John Moore of the New York Rangers skates away after taking a match penalty with a hit to Erik Haula #56 of the Minnesota Wild at Madison Square Garden on October 27, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

WATCH: Rangers’ Moore, Kreider Ejected For Brutal Hits Vs. Wild

John Moore could be in line for a suspension from the NHL. The game was surprisingly rough considering these teams are in different conferences and meet only twice per season.

10/28/2014

Anthony Duclair of the New York Rangers celebrates his first NHL goal at 16:12 of the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Madison Square Garden on October 27, 2014. The Rangers defeated the Wild 5-4. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Put Grit And Guts On Display In Wild Comeback

What unfolded was a comeback for the ages. The Rangers showed their fight, unleashing a hurricane in the form of Derick Brassard, Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello.

10/28/2014

Rangers forward Chris Kreider (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: If Top Line Does Its Job, Rangers Can Survive Rash Of Injuries

On Thursday night, the Rangers entered a rowdy building in St. Louis and emerged as the victors thanks to a bit of magic from their top line. It will have to continue.

10/10/2014

Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Matching Last Season’s Success Won’t Be Easy For New-Look Rangers

Last season, the Rangers surprised many by reaching their first Stanley Cup Final since 1994. The 2014-15 Rangers have more of a youthful look after a number of familiar faces moved on to new teams.

10/09/2014

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes a shot on goal against Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center on Jan. 3, 2014. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Ranking The 8 Teams In The NHL’s Metropolitan Division

With the start of the NHL regular season just a few weeks away, the Rangers, Islanders and Devils are gearing up for what should be a tight battle within the Metropolitan Division.

09/24/2014

Henrik Lundqvist, center, celebrates with teammate Dan Girardi, left, and Ryan McDonagh after the Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals at Madison Square Garden on May 29, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Vigneault On A Mission To Replicate Last Season’s Success

If the Rangers are to return to the Stanley Cup Final, head coach Alain Vigneault will have to work some more magic.

09/17/2014

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