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Mats Zuccarello #36 of the New York Rangers celebrates his third-period goal with teammates Benoit Pouliot #67 and Derick Brassard #16 against the Senators on January 18, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Silverman: Solid Offseason Puts Rangers In Driver’s Seat In Eastern Conference

It may not look like it when you don’t see their name in the first round of the draft, but this is a vital offseason for the Rangers. They have a chance to seize control in the Eastern Conference and become its best and most consistent team.

06/27/2014

Sidney Crosby speaks after winning the Hart Memorial Trophy (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images), Dominic Moore poses after winning the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy during the 2014 NHL Awards at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on June 24, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Sidney Crosby Named NHL MVP; Rangers’ Moore Wins Masterton Trophy

Seven years after Sidney Crosby won his first Hart Trophy, the Pittsburgh captain has been recognized as the NHL’s best once again.

06/25/2014

The Penguins’ Sidney Crosby waits to take a faceoff against the New York Rangers during Game 5 of the teams’ playoff series on May 9, 2014 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Friedman: Penguins’ Crosby Is No Longer The Captain Or Leader He Once Was

The Penguins’ captain and franchise superstar has been at the epicenter of the NHL universe since his arrival in 2005. Nine years later, he’s still the most talked-about player in the league, but right now it’s for all the wrong reasons.

05/14/2014

Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers and Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers celebrate Richards' second-period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Seven of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 13, 2014 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Silverman: Rangers Play Comeback Card Masterfully; What Happens Now?

The Rangers rose to the occasion and beat a more talented opponent. They will sit and wait for Boston or Montreal to emerge as their opponents in the Eastern Conference finals.

05/14/2014

Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Unflappable Lundqvist Is Rangers’ King Of Comebacks

Fans have grown accustomed to Henrik Lundqvist’s breathtaking heroics. But those final five minutes Tuesday may have been the best hockey he’s ever played.

05/14/2014

Henrik Lundqvist defends the net against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Rangers Ride Red-Hot Henrik Lundqvist To Conference Finals

The horn sounded and Lundqvist lifted his arms in a mixture of joy and exhaustion. Hey, nobody said carrying a team back from the brink was going to be easy, even for the goaltender his Rangers teammates call “King.”

05/14/2014

Benoit Pouliot #67 of the New York Rangers attempts to steal the puck away from Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second period in Game Seven of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 13, 2014 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Rangers Cap Comeback, Top Penguins 2-1 In Game 7

Henrik Lundqvist set an NHL record with his fifth straight Game 7 victory, making 35 saves to lift the New York Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night and earn a spot in the Eastern Conference finals.

05/14/2014

No, not a clown. That's Boomer in Rangers face paint. (Photo by Al Dukes/WFAN)

Boomer Goes All Out, Broadcasts In Full Rangers Face Paint For Game 7

No, there’s nothing wrong with your television. And no, that’s not a clown. That’s WFAN co-host Boomer Esiason,

05/13/2014

Derick Brassard, left, and Mats Zuccarello celebrate. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Aside From Lundqvist, Brassard Has Been Rangers’ Series MVP

The bigger the game, the better Rangers center Derick Brassard plays. Ever since the Rangers fell into a 3-1 series deficit, Brassard has made vital contributions.

05/13/2014

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rangers Goalie Henrik Lundqvist Fined $5,000 For Water Incident

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been fined $5,000 for emptying his water bottle onto Sidney Crosby while the Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain was involved in a scrum in front of the New York net.

05/13/2014

Henrik Lundqvist #30 and Derick Brassard #16 of the New York Rangers celebrate their win over the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Six of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 11, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Do-Or-Die Time: Rangers Looking To Stun Penguins In Game 7

Looking overmatched and overwhelmed while falling behind 3-1 to the Penguins four games into the Eastern Conference semis, it’s the Rangers who head to Game 7 on Tuesday night looking like the team ready to move on.

05/13/2014

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers reacts after their 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Six of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 11, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

WATCH: Lundqvist Sprays Water On Crosby, Claims It Was Unintentional

“I always squirt it when I go off the ice,” Lundqvist told reporters. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

05/12/2014

Martin St. Louis during Game 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Lion-Hearted Martin St. Louis Is All Inspiration, All The Time

St. Louis has affected his new Rangers teammates with a no-quit attitude following the death of his mother. These guys would run through a wall for him on any night.

05/12/2014

Martin St. Louis celebrates the New York Rangers' 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden on May 11, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rangers, Fans Rally Behind Grieving Martin St. Louis On Mother’s Day

New York has never won a series it trailed 3-1 and has never beaten the Penguins in the playoffs. That trend might be changing, largely due to the emotional lift St. Louis brought to the Rangers this weekend.

05/12/2014

MAY 02: Benoit Pouliot #67 of the New York Rangers celebrates after scoring in the first period against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on May 02, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Once Left For Dead, Rangers Look To Even Series Vs. Penguins

When the New York Rangers last left Madison Square Garden they were embarrassed, disappointed, and unsure if they would get another chance this season to erase the haunting memories of a playoff meltdown.

05/11/2014

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