Derick Brassard

Derick Brassard sets up in front for a goal against Marc-Andre Fleury of the Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Consol Energy Center on April 22, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers’ Brassard Thriving Under Pressure, Embracing Role As Mentor

Call him “Big-Game Brass.” Like clockwork, Rangers center Derick Brassard has emerged — again — as a go-to guy in the playoffs.

04/24/2015

Derick Brassard celebrates his goal, 28 seconds into the first period against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden on April 16, 2015.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers Get Out To Early Lead, Take Game 1 From Penguins

Derick Brassard and Ryan McDonough scored in the first period and Henrik Lundqvist made the goals stand up as the New York Rangers won the opener of their playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

04/17/2015

Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck during a game against the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center on January 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)

Rangers, Penguins Heading In Different Directions Ahead Of First-Round Clash

When the puck drops Thursday night for the opener of their seven-game Eastern Conference playoff series, the Rangers will have been on a tear that began when they made the Stanley Cup finals in 2014.

04/16/2015

Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, right, in action against the Chicago Blackhawks on March 18, 2015, at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Rangers Are Poised To Make A Brilliant Run To Glory This Spring

Here they come, thundering down the stretch.

03/20/2015

Derick Brassard celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime with New York Rangers teammate Ryan McDonagh against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on March 8, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Rangers defeated the Blackhawks 1-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers’ Big-Game Brassard Has The Clutch Gene

While some players get caught up in the emotions, Rangers center Derick Brassard wills himself into thriving. You saw it again on Sunday.

03/09/2015

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 02: Keith Yandle #93 and Mats Zuccarello #36 of the New York Rangers celebrate their 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators at Madison Square Garden on March 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers Skate Past NHL-Leading Predators In Yandle’s Debut

Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard both had two assists, and the New York Rangers rebounded from a rare regulation loss and sent the NHL-leading Nashville Predators to their season-worst third straight defeat.

03/03/2015

Derek Stepan #21 of the New York Rangers celebrates his goal with Chris Kreider #20 in the third period against the New York Islanders on February 16, 2015 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale,New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Have Big-Game Players, And It Will Benefit Them In Playoffs

New Yorkers are craving a Rangers-Islanders playoff showdown, and it almost seems inevitable that the Battle of New York will be fought in an epic playoff clash sometime in April or May.

02/17/2015

The Rangers’ Derick Brassard, right, takes a shot against Sergei Gonchar of the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 29, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Where’s The Offense? Rangers Start Off The Second Half In A Funk

Henrik Lundqvist can do only so much to help the New York Rangers.

01/30/2015

Patrice Bergeron celebrates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the first period at TD Garden on January 15, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers, Desperately Missing Stepan, Gift-Wrap Bruins A Win

All season long, the Rangers have looked like two different teams when Derek Stepan is and isn’t in the lineup. They need him back and healthy ASAP.

01/16/2015

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

FILE -- A close up view of the action in the front row as the Colorado Avalanche face the New York Rangers at the Pepsi Center on November 19, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Rangers 5-1.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Rangers Score 4 In 1st Period, Rout Sabres 6-1

Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and Rick Nash scored power-play goals 2:32 apart in the first period, and the surging New York Rangers rolled to a 6-1 victory over the slumping Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

01/03/2015

The New York Rangers celebrate after defeating the Washington Capitals 4-2 in a game at Madison Square Garden on December 23, 2014. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Take Game Up A Notch Against Ovechkin, Extend Streak To 7

The Rangers always seem to find a way to kick their game up a notch when Alex Ovechkin and the Caps enter MSG.

12/24/2014

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

The Rangers’ Tanner Glass, left, blasts the Penguins’ Simon Despres during the third period at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 11, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Silverman: For Consistency’s Sake, Rangers Must Build On Blowout Of Penguins

The Rangers showed Tuesday night that they can look at themselves in the mirror, feel absolutely disgusted and then come back with a monumental effort that allows them to handle the best team in the league with ease.

11/12/2014

John Moore #17 of the New York Rangers skates the puck around Patric Hornqvist #72 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third period at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Fear Fueled The Rangers’ Domination Of Red-Hot Penguins

After being embarrassed by the lowly Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, the highly-motivated Rangers flipped the script by dominating the Metropolitan Division-leading Pittsburgh Penguins for the entirety of 60 minutes on Tuesday night.

11/12/2014

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