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Stephane Matteau walks onto the ice during a ceremony at MSG in 2008. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Howie Rose’s ‘Matteau! Matteau!’ Call Still Delivers After 20 Years

New York has had its share of great calls. But some are immortal. Let’s fire up the flux capacitor and dial back the calendar to May 27, 1994.

05/27/2014

Madison Square Garden (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Vigneault, Rangers Look Toward Fired-Up MSG For Game 3

Gone will be the fear of impending doom. Suddenly, the Rangers are the front-runners against the Canadiens, and their fans now have the chance to celebrate the ride with them.

05/22/2014

Bagels on display at Katz's Delicatessen in Manhattan. (Photo by Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

De Blasio Finally Seals Deal On Bagel Bet With Montreal Mayor

We have a deal. But that was a close one. “De Blasio time” nearly came back to bite New York’s mayor in a forever-pending bagel wager over the Rangers-Canadiens Eastern Conference finals.

05/20/2014

Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers in goal against Brian Gionta of the Montreal Canadiens during the first period in Game 2 of the 2014 Eastern Conference finals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Possessed Lundqvist Has Rangers So Close, They Can Taste It

He’s playing at a supreme level, to the point where beating the Rangers has become nearly impossible. And don’t look now — the King is six wins away from being crowned.

05/20/2014

Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers celebrates after scoring a goal against Dustin Tokarski #35 of the Montreal Canadiens during the first period in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Red-Hot Rangers Head Home 2 Wins From Stanley Cup Final

Henrik Lundqvist has the surging Rangers two wins away. “I thought we played well, and the only reason we lost was Lundqvist,” Montreal coach Michel Therrien said after Monday’s Game 2.

05/20/2014

Martin St. Louis after scoring a first-period goal against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on May 17, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

St. Louis, Rangers Buckle Down For Game 2 After Somber Off Day

The Rangers joined star forward Martin St. Louis at his mother’s funeral outside Montreal on Sunday. Head coach Alain Vigneault’s voice cracked as he described the service.

05/19/2014

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

Rangers To Attend Funeral Of St. Louis’ Mother After East Finals Opener

The Rangers will be all business for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday. The next day will be rough, win or lose.

05/16/2014

Mikhail Prokhorov (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Nets Owner Prokhorov Thanks Team, Fans After Playoff Ouster

Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov says he’s proud of his team’s mettle despite falling short in the playoffs for the second straight year.

05/15/2014

The New York Rangers bench looks on against the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game 6 of the second round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 11, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rangers Get Much-Needed Break Before Crossing Border In East Finals

Although the Canadiens have one fewer day to prepare, they will have home-ice advantage. The Rangers were 1-1-1 this season against Montreal, which finished four points ahead of NY.

05/15/2014

Paul Pierce of the Brooklyn Nets reacts in the final seconds of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on May 14, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Should Have Been Better — But They Weren’t

In as fitting an ending as you could script for this season, the host Heat roared back from an eight-point deficit in the last three minutes to send the Nets back to Brooklyn for good, 96-94.

05/15/2014

MIAMI, FL - MAY 14: Joe Johnson #7 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots against the Miami Heat in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA playoffs at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida on May 14, 2014.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE  (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Heat End Nets’ Season, Rally In Final Minutes To East Finals

Ray Allen’s 3-pointer with 32 seconds left highlighted a huge Miami rally, and the Heat advanced to the Eastern Conference finals by topping the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 on Wednesday night.

05/15/2014

Gary Bettman (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Bettman On WFAN: Eastern Conference Finals To Start Saturday Afternoon

WFAN co-hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton wanted to know when exactly the Rangers would be playing again after their Game 7 win over Pittsburgh. Enter the commish…

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

LeBron James of the Miami Heat puts on a show during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on May 12, 2014 at Barclays Center. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Depth No Match For Miami’s 1-Man Show

The cold truth is that these guys are limited in what they can be counted on to do night-in and night-out. And this series has proven that those limits make it awfully hard to take down a King.

05/13/2014

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