Derek Stepan

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

The Rangers’ Benoit Pouliot, left, celebrates his shoot out goal against the Calgary Flames at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 15, 2013. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Are The Dark Days Over? Rangers Will Find Out Soon Enough

For the Blueshirts, it’s all about feeling. How far can that good feeling take them? We’ll find out soon enough. The Rangers host the rival Penguins on Wednesday.

12/16/2013

Henrik Lundqvist stops a shot by Corey Tropp of the Columbus Blue Jackets as John Moore of the New York Rangers defends at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2013. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Lundqvist, Rangers Suffering Crisis Of Confidence

The Rangers have hit the skids in the midst of a franchise-record nine-game homestand that was supposed to be a launching point.

12/13/2013

Henrik Lundqvist #30 and Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: With Lundqvist Extension Done, Sather Must Arm Rangers For Cup Run

With Henrik Lundqvist’s extension completed, Glen Sather is going to need to get very creative to supply the goaltender with the talent required for a legitimate Stanley Cup run.

12/05/2013

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