Dan Girardi

Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates with the puck as Ryan McDonagh defends in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals at Madison Square Garden on May 16, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers Looking To Shut Down Tampa’s ‘Triplets’ In Game 2

In the conference finals, Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi have drawn “The Triplets,” instead of the Lightning’s more well-known line featuring star Steven Stamkos. Scratching your head? Don’t.

05/18/2015

Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins sits on the ice following being hit during the third period against the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 18, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Have Effectively Gotten Under Malkin And Crosby’s Skin

The Penguins are headed for an embarrassingly quick playoff exit and another summer filled with questions if Crosby and Malkin don’t get their act together.

04/21/2015

New York Rangers trainer Jim Ramsay attends to Dan Girardi during the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden on April 16, 2015. The Rangers defeated the Penguins 2-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers’ Girardi Back At Practice After Taking Puck To Face

Dan Girardi isn’t one to sit out a game — and it looks like he’ll be good to go for Game 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

04/17/2015

Nick Leddy (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Breaking Down The 10 Biggest Local Hockey Contracts Of Last 5 Years

Let’s take a look at the 10 biggest deals handed out by the local hockey teams over the last five years.

02/25/2015

John Tavares (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images); Rick Nash (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

For The First Time In A Long Time, Islanders-Rangers Is Loaded With Juice

When the Rangers and the Islanders take the ice Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden for their second meeting of the season, the rivalry will be back front and center in the minds of New Yorkers for the first time in a long while.

01/12/2015

New York Rangers' Kevin Klein (R) celebrates his goal in front of Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings to tie the game 2-2 during the second period at Staples Center on January 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Hartnett: On Western Swing, Rangers Prove They’re Beasts Of East

Speed kills. It appears the blazing Blueshirts have perfected AV’s system after defeating two Pacific Division powerhouses in the Ducks and Kings in consecutive nights.

01/09/2015

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

Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers is hit into the boards by Radko Gudas #7 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Madison Square Garden on December 1, 2014.(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Oh How The Mighty Rangers Have Fallen

Are the Rangers a playoff-caliber team? Certainly. Are they Stanley Cup contenders? It sure isn’t looking that way.

12/02/2014

Ryan Callahan skates around Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist before scoring a goal in the third period at Madison Square Garden on November 17, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Vigneault Right To Be Furious After Callahan, Lightning Rout Rangers

Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle stormed into MSG to give Rangers fans a taste of what their team is missing: effort, execution and confidence.

11/18/2014

Iiro Pakarinen of the Edmonton Oilers lands in the crease as Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers makes a save during the first period at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 9, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Outclassed Rangers Need To Get It Together ASAP

This weekend, the Rangers subjected their fans to back-to-back nights of brutal hockey. And a wake-up call is needed after Sunday’s loss to last-place Edmonton.

11/10/2014

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

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

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