Dan Girardi

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

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

The Rangers’ Dan Girardi, left, battles the Kings’ Kyle Clifford along the boards during the first period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden on June 11, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Nightmare Moments Aside, Girardi’s Perseverance Pays Off For Rangers

The dreaded two-goal lead. The Rangers had made blowing it an art form before Wednesday night’s Game 4 at Madison Square Garden.

06/12/2014

The Los Angeles Kings celebrate Justin Williams' overtime game-winner against the New York Rangers as the Kings defeated the Rangers 3-2 during Game 1 of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on June 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Rangers’ Girardi On Game 1 Blunder: ‘I’m Just Going To Forget About It’

The Rangers played right into the hands of the Kings in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. They took a 2-0 lead in the first 15 minutes and were shut down by Jonathan Quick the rest of the way.

06/05/2014

Justin Williams #14 of the Los Angeles Kings is checked by Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers in the thrid period during Game One of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on June 4, 2014 in Los Angeles.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

OT Bummer: Kings Slide Past Rangers In Game 1 Of Stanley Cup Final

Justin Williams scored 4:36 into overtime after a turnover by Dan Girardi, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday night in the Stanley Cup finals opener.

06/05/2014

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images), Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Underdog Rangers To Face Kings In Stanley Cup Finals

Even though New York was the first to claim a spot in the finals, many have already written off the Blueshirts as severe underdogs against Los Angeles.

06/02/2014

Marc Staal (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers’ Defensive Stalwarts Made Life Difficult For Crosby In Game 1

Throughout Game 1, Sidney Crosby had little space to operate as Staal, Stralman, McDonagh and Girardi smothered him at every turn.

05/03/2014

Daniel Carcillo of the New York Rangers celebrates his goal at 3:06 of the second period with John Moore and Kevin Klein in Game 7  against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden on April 30, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: That’s More Like It! Rangers Find Their ‘A’ Game At Best Possible Time

To lift Lord Stanley’s Cup, there can be no passengers. It takes a full-on commitment from the entire team — and the Blueshirts had it going on Wednesday night.

05/01/2014

Mats Zuccarello (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: 5 Keys For The Rangers Ahead Of All-Deciding Game 7

Here’s what the Rangers must correct if they are to win Game 7 and advance to a second-round meeting with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

04/30/2014

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers is honored prior to the game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Madison Square Garden on March 24, 2014. The Rangers defeated the Coyotes 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Show Tremendous Character In Comeback Win Over Coyotes

With Martin St. Louis and Derek Stepan both sick as a dog, the Rangers collectively embraced the challenge of finding a way to come back from a 2-0 first-period deficit to secure a vital, late-season victory over the hungry Coyotes.

03/25/2014

Derick Brassard #16 of the New York Rangers winds up and scores a second period goal against Mike Smith #41 of the Phoenix Coyotes during the second period at Madison Square Garden on March 24, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

McDonagh, Girardi Rally Rangers To OT Win Over Coyotes

Ryan McDonagh scored off a rebound of Dan Girardi’s shot 1:56 into overtime to complete the New York Rangers’ stunning rally in a 4-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night.

03/25/2014

Ryan Callahan (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Teammates Hoping Cally Sticks Around Past Deadline

Kevin Klein is hoping that Callahan remains in New York, but understands why his former OHL teammate is playing hardball with the Rangers on a new contract.

03/05/2014

Ryan Callahan (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Report: Callahan, Rangers Get Closer, But Plenty Of Work Still To Do

At this point it’s about both sides making concessions. As the clock ticks toward Wednesday’s 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline, the Rangers and captain Ryan Callahan at least appear to be interested in working something out.

03/03/2014

Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi takes a shot against Nashville at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 10, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers, Defenseman Dan Girardi Agree To 6-Year Extension

Girardi and the Rangers have agreed to a six-year contract extension. According to multiple reports, the deal will pay the defenseman $5.5 million per year.

02/28/2014

Dan Girardi (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Defenseman Dan Girardi Is Hopeful New Deal Will Be Struck

“We’ll see what happens,” Girardi said. “We’ll be working here in the next few days, hopefully, and try to bang something out here, but in the meantime I’ll just be all business and go about my job.”

02/28/2014

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