Derek Stepan

Derick Brassard #16 of the New York Rangers  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Return Of Brassard Will Provide Boost For Rangers In Game 4

Derick Brassard has been itching to return to the Rangers’ lineup. Now healthy, the 26-year-old center will finally get his chance to make his mark on this series when he takes the ice for pivotal Game 4.

05/24/2014

Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers is attended to by the trainer during the game against the Montreal Canadiens in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rangers’ Stepan Suffers Broken Jaw, Status For Rest Of East Finals Unknown

Twenty-four hours ago the Rangers were flying sky high, but a high hit and a shocking loss later, not so much.

05/23/2014

Rick Nash of the New York Rangers and Matt Niskanen of the Pittsburgh Penguins chase down a loose puck in the corner in the second period in Game 2 of the second round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs on May 4, 2014. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Lifeless Power Play, Star Players Fail Rangers In Game 2

The Penguins handed New York three consecutive power play opportunities – and the Blueshirts failed to cash in. What unfolded was the most timid skating any fan has ever seen.

05/05/2014

Jakub Voracek #93 of the Philadelphia Flyers is taken down in the crease by Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers during the first period in Game One of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 17, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers Score 3 In 3rd, Top Flyers In Opener 4-1

The New York Rangers beat Philadelphia 4-1 in the playoff opener on Thursday night to stretch their home-winning streak over the rival Flyers to nine games.

04/18/2014

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Rangers Erupt In The Third, Take Out Blue Jackets

Derick Brassard and Derek Stepan scored third-period goals, and Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.

03/21/2014

Derek Stepan, left, Chris Kreider and the rest of the Rangers will be looking for a Yankee Stadium sweep when they take on the Islanders on Jan. 29, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NHL Finale At Yankee Stadium Promises To Be Nastier Than The Opener

The only thing missing from Sunday’s outdoor NHL game at Yankee Stadium was true animosity on the ice. That shouldn’t be a problem on Wednesday night when the Islanders get their crack at the Rangers.

01/28/2014

Derek Stepan (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Talbot Wins 10th Game, Rangers Top The Sens 4-1

Derek Stepan broke a 13-game goal drought and Cam Talbot made 27 saves for his 10th win of the season as the Rangers won 4-1.

01/18/2014

Team Canada celebrates following its 3-2 overtime victory over Team USA in the gold medal game of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on Feb. 28, 2010. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Silverman: Olympic Hockey May Be Superb, But It Simply Makes No Sense

The fact that the Olympic hockey tournament takes place in the middle of an NHL season basically defies explanation. Too many things can happen, and none of them are good.

01/08/2014

Jaromir Jagr (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images); Thomas Vanek (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers, Islanders And Devils Send Total Of 15 Players To Sochi Olympics

In addition to the players they have on Teams USA and Canada, the Tri-State Area NHL locals will be sending 10 additional players to the Games, representing Austria, Czech Republic, Norway, Slovakia and Switzerland.

01/07/2014

Ryan McDonagh, right, (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images); Derek Stepan (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Ranger ‘Blood Brothers’ McDonagh, Stepan Pack Their Bags For Sochi

A competitive fire between long-time friends Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan spills into golf outings, fantasy football matchups, board games and video games. You name it, these two can’t stand losing to one another.

01/02/2014

Kyle Okposo (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

No Ryan? No Okposo? USA Hockey GM Explains Much-Debated Olympic Roster

USA Hockey used to have it relatively easy picking players for the Olympics. Not anymore. “We did not pick the best 25 players,” general manager David Poile said Wednesday.

01/02/2014

Kyle Okposo of the New York Islanders (R) didn't make the 2014 U.S. men's hockey team. Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers (L) was named to the squad that will compete in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Three Rangers Make 2014 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team; Okposo Snubbed

The U.S. men’s hockey team for the Winter Olympics has been announced. Bobby Ryan didn’t make the cut. Neither did Kyle Okposo.

01/01/2014

Rick Nash (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers’ Problems Run Far Deeper Than Nash’s Production Issues

Let’s be clear. Rick Nash needs to raise his game. One goal in seven games isn’t cutting it, yet to call Nash “soft” and “invisible” and to the throw all the blame on Nash is neither fair nor accurate.

12/21/2013

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, left, moves across to stop a shot by the Islanders’ John Tavares during the second period of the teams’ meeting at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 20, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Grabner Emerges From The Darkness, Leads Islanders Over Rangers

Thomas Vanek snapped a tie with a power-play goal early in the third period, and the Islanders earned their first regulation victory in over a month by beating the slumping Rangers 5-3 on Friday night.

12/20/2013

Carl Hagelin (Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Speedster Carl Hagelin Deserves A Top-6 Role

Electric winger Carl Hagelin is a player who head coach Alain Vigneault should be leaning on to pull the Rangers out of the muck.

12/19/2013

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