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Alexander Ovechkin (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) and Jonathan Quick (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Hartnett: U.S.-Russia Should Be Everything You Would Expect — And More

If the United States’ victory over Slovakia on Thursday can be considered a breeze, Saturday morning’s showdown with host nation Russia will be a stern examination of the medal prospects for both teams.

02/14/2014

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault ((Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images); Canucks head coach John Tortorella (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Vigneault Will Win Over Rangers Fans By Being The Anti-Torts

So begins hockey’s version of “Trading Places.” Two opposite personalities in Vigneault and Tortorella are thrown directly into each other’s former worlds.

09/26/2013

Alain Vigneault (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Vigneault Outlines Plan To Rejuvenate Rangers

Vigneault is ready to breathe fresh life into the Rangers. It’s going to be a new era of exciting, offensively-expressive hockey now that Vigneault is replacing John Tortorella behind the Blueshirts’ bench.

06/21/2013

Alain Vigneault (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Silverman: Vigneault Has Flaws, But Will Be Improvement Over Tortorella

Vigneault may not be a breath of fresh air, but he’s not the restrictive leader that Tortorella was and that’s good news for the Rangers.

06/19/2013

Alain Vigneault (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Imminent Vigneault Hire Will Have Transformative Effect On The Rangers

Once hired, Alain Vigneault will find success in New York by being everything that John Tortorella wasn’t.

06/18/2013

Alain Vigneault (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Vigneault Edging Closer To Rangers’ Head Coaching Job?

Things have escalated quickly. Now, it seems it’s just a matter of Alain Vigneault and the New York Rangers sorting out the details.

06/15/2013

Jonathan Quick and Marian Gaborik (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Fearless Predictions For The 2013 NHL Season

Who’s primed to lift the Stanley Cup at season’s end? Hartnett has readied his fearless NHL predictions for the 2013 season.

01/18/2013

Johan Franzen of the Detroit Red Wings races Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators for the puck. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Fearless Western Conference And Stanley Cup Predictions

Sean Hartnett shares his fearless Western Conference opening round predictions and reveals his Stanley Cup favorite.

WFAN–04/10/2012

Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler (17) and New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) fight for control of the puck during third period NHL hockey action at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press - Jonathan Hayward)

Hartnett: Rangers’ Outlook Bright After Historic Victory Over Canucks

The Rangers’ victory over the Canucks was their first in the city of Vancouver since October 1997. Their inspired third period play against the defending Western Conference champions is a huge step in the right direction.

WFAN–10/19/2011

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Seeking First Win, Rangers Skate Against Canucks

Ryan Kesler is expected to make his season debut Tuesday night when the Canucks host a winless Rangers team beginning a trek through Canada before finally stepping on home ice next week.

WFAN–10/18/2011

Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins fights with Kevin Bieksa #3 of the Vancouver Canucks during Game Six of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 13, 2011. (credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Monzo Minor: Game 7 – Bruins, Canucks Set To Battle For Stanley Cup

17 years ago yesterday, the Vancouver Canucks found themselves in a Stanley Cup Finals Game 7. The opponent was, as most of us remember fondly, the Rangers. Wednesday night, 17 years and one day later, the Canucks find themselves in the same exact position.

WFAN–06/15/2011

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Monzo Minor: Bruins-Canucks Stanley Cup Finals Preview

It happens every year. The playoffs are amazing, but they come and go quickly. We are down to the final two now, as the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks each look to earn the right to raise the Stanley Cup.

WFAN–06/01/2011

(Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Canucks Storm Into MSG

Looking for their fifth straight victory over the Rangers, the league-leading Canucks continue a five-game road trip Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

WFAN–01/13/2011

Ryan Kesler #17 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates with teammates Jeff Tambellini #10 and Dan Hamhuis #2 after scoring against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period at Rogers Arena January 7, 2011 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Islanders Return From Road, Face Red-Hot Canucks

The New York Islanders may be on a roll in relation to their expectations, but the Vancouver Canucks’ recent run has propelled them to the top of the NHL standings.

WFAN–01/11/2011