Derick Brassard

John Tortorella (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tortorella Shoulders Some Of The Blame For Rangers’ Second-Round Exit

While Tortorella didn’t want to use injuries as an excuse, the Rangers were severely hampered by a number of key injuries.

05/26/2013

John Tortorella (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Character, Rather Than Skill, Defines Tortorella’s Resilient Rangers

The Blueshirts are very far from being a perfect hockey club – but they’re even further from being branded as a common, run-of-the-mill team.

05/24/2013

Ryan Callahan of the New York Rangers lies on the ice following a play in the third period against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Can’t Repeat Walking-Dead Performance In Game 2

The Rangers played like a group of brainless zombies Thursday night, only lacking a lust for flesh — or in their case a lust for goals.

05/17/2013

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Blazing-Hot Henrik Lundqvist On Way To Earning His Crown

It’s only the second round, but the Rangers have to be feeding off the momentum provided by Lundqvist’s turn. If he keeps it up, I could be put in position to admit that Lundqvist did indeed earn his crown.

05/14/2013

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Superhuman Lundqvist Carries Rangers On His Back Into Game 7

While Henrik Lundqvist was superman between the pipes, Derek Dorsett threw the Caps off their game with his agitation and intimidation.

05/13/2013

John Tortorella (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Return To ‘Tortorella Hockey’ Has Rangers Winning

Let’s face it, the Rangers have a lot of positives going for them right now. And they’re playing the sort of gritty hockey typical of a John Tortorella-coached team.

05/09/2013

Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers skates against the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Determined Rangers Looking To Even Series With Caps At MSG

While the Capitals stayed off the ice on Tuesday to recover, the Rangers held a full practice. They were without forward Rick Nash, who was given a “maintenance day,” and Darroll Powe, who was injured on Monday and is unlikely to play in Game 4.

05/08/2013

Derick Brassard of the New York Rangers celebrates his power-play goal. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Prove Mettle In Game 3, Riding Wave Of Confidence

In Game 3, the Rangers finally resembled the team that finished the regular season strongly, a team that no division-winner wants any part of.

05/07/2013

The Rangers’ Derick Brassard, second from right, celebrates his power-play goal at 1:23 of the second period in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against Washington at Madison Square Garden on May 6, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers Claw Their Way Back Into The Series With Gritty Win In Game 3

Derek Stepan and Arron Asham both scored tiebreaking goals in the third period for the New York Rangers in a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 on Monday night.

05/07/2013

John Tortorella of the New York Rangers coaches against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Silverman: Underdog Rangers Will Have Short Postseason Stay

The Rangers may be able to push the Caps, but this is Washington’s series to win. The Rangers may get two games, but it’s Oates, Ovechkin and the Capitals who will go on to the second round.

05/02/2013

John Moore #17 and Derick Brassard #16 (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tortorella: Without Trade-Deadline Deals, Rangers Would Have Missed Playoffs

“I think it solidified our team,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said of the deadline dealing. “We have kind of grown since then … I thought it changed our team a little bit, and we took off.”

05/01/2013

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals shoots the puck through Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist's legs on March 24, 2013. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Fearless Predictions For The 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Who’s ready to lift the Stanley Cup? Sean Hartnett gives you a full breakdown of the 2013 NHL Playoffs.

04/30/2013

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist looks back as the puck hits the post on a shot against the Panthers at the BB&T Center on April 23, 2013 in Sunrise, Fla. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Rangers Blow Chance To Clinch Playoff Berth, Dominate Panthers And Lose

Marcel Goc and Drew Shore scored third-period goals, and the Florida Panthers prevented the New York Rangers from clinching an Eastern Conference playoff berth with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night.

04/24/2013

John Moore and Derick Brassard of the New York Rangers (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Struck Gold With Additions Of Moore And Brassard

While Gaborik is thriving in Columbus, the Blueshirts landed a haul of their own. Derick Brassard and John Moore are flourishing under the Madison Square Garden lights.

04/19/2013

The Rangers celebrate a goal by Mats Zuccarello during the second period of their game against Florida at Madison Square Garden on April 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Zuccarello, Brassard Power Points-Hungry Rangers To Rout Of Panthers

Rick Nash had a goal and assist in the first period, and Ryan Callahan had a pair of assists as the New York Rangers hung on to eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a 6-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

04/19/2013

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