Hartnett: Rangers' Stepan Earning His Big PaycheckThe 25-year-old alternate captain justified his $6.5 million cap hit by becoming the first Rangers center since Wayne Gretzky to post three straight 50-point seasons, and he set a new career high this season with 22 goals.
Hartnett: Lethargic Rangers Better Bring Their 'A' Game In Game 2It won't make a difference if it's Henrik Lundqvist or Antti Raanta between the pipes against the Penguins in Game 2 on Saturday if the Rangers repeat the script from the series opener.
Hartnett: Rangers Aren't Perfect, But They Possess A Ton Of CharacterThe Rangers have put themselves behind the eight-ball lately because of some dreadful first periods. This worrying trend continued against a shorthanded version of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.
Rangers Punch Ticket To Playoffs, Top Blue JacketsThe New York Rangers needed three tries before finally getting the win that clinched a postseason berth.
Hartnett: Derek Stepan Rises To Defend Kevin Hayes' Work EthicTo the surprise of many, Rangers forward Kevin Hayes' sophomore NHL season didn't get off to a flying start.
Stepan Scores Twice As Rangers Cruise To 6-3 Win Over DallasCenter Derek Stepan scored twice to help the New York Rangers to an easy 6-3 victory against the league-leading Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.
Hartnett: Rangers Finally Have Some Of Their Much-Needed Mojo BackThanks to the heroics of rescue artists Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard and a return to structured five-man hockey, the Rangers chased away the holiday blues.
Hartnett: Is Rangers' Reign As Kings Of The East Coming To An End?The Rangers are the measuring stick for which all other Eastern Conference teams are judged by, and their success has placed a large target on their back in the ultra-competitive Metropolitan Division.
Hartnett: Brassard On A Roll As Rangers Head To Western CanadaDerick Brassard is elevating his game at a time when the Rangers need a boost.
Rangers Center Stepan To Miss 4-6 Weeks With Broken RibsRangers coach Alain Vigneault said center Derek Stepan will miss four to six weeks because of broken ribs.
Hartnett: Mats Zuccarello Is The Engine That Drives The Rangers“I think he's my favorite player in the NHL right now,” alternate captain Derek Stepan said. “He's playing at such a high level. It starts with his compete level. He just competes so hard.”
Stepan, Lindberg Score Seconds Apart As Rangers Edge Avalanche 2-1Derek Stepan and Oscar Lindberg scored 21 seconds apart in the second period, helping the New York Rangers beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 on Friday night for their fourth straight win.