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The Rangers’ Derek Stepan, right, celebrates his first-period  goal against Pittsburgh along with Mats Zuccarello at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 6, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Top 10 Tri-State Area NHL Players

New York is the biggest sports market in the United States, and it’s a magnet for superstars. The Rangers, Islanders and Devils boast a plethora of talented players.

07/10/2014

Ryan McDonagh (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Hartnett: All Signs Point To Ryan McDonagh Becoming Rangers’ Next Captain

McDonagh appears to be a captain in waiting. He has become a more vocal leader with age and experience.

06/17/2014

Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings makes a save on Chris Kreider during the third period of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden on June 9, 2014. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Connecticut Kid Quick Has Rangers On Ropes In Stanley Cup Finals

Jonathan Quick looked right at home on the road inside MSG. One more night like this, and the Connecticut native will be able to skate with the Cup under the bright lights of Broadway.

06/10/2014

New York head coach Alain Vigneault talks with the media after the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Rangers 3-2 in overtime during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals at the Staples Center on June 4, 2014. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Rangers’ Vigneault: Kings ‘One Of The Best Teams I’ve Seen’

The coach had formed a few impressions after Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, and they made him even more wary of the Los Angeles Kings.

06/06/2014

The Los Angeles Kings celebrate after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime in Game Seven to win the Western Conference Final in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on June 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Justin Heiman/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Bigger, Sharper Kings Will Defeat Rangers In Stanley Cup Final

The Kings have more brute strength, bite and snarl to their game than the Rangers. They’re loaded with scorers and possess an electric power play.

06/03/2014

Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers battles for the puck against Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 29, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Old-School Ryan McDonagh Has Been ‘Mr. Everything’ For Rangers

Everything about Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh is old-school. At 24, McDonagh is only in the infancy of his career, but he’s always emitted a veteran aura.

06/02/2014

Ryan McDonagh (Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

Hartnett: McDonagh Puts In Monster Game 1 Performance, Rangers Win 7-2

Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh will continue to serve as a constant reminder of one of the worst trades in Canadiens’ history.

05/18/2014

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes a pad save on a shot from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second period in Game Five of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 9, 2014 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Emotional Rangers Fight And Claw Their Way Back To The Garden

Derick Brassard scored twice, including New York’s first power-play goal in 10 games, and the Rangers assayed alive with a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Friday night.

05/09/2014

Marc Staal (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers’ Defensive Stalwarts Made Life Difficult For Crosby In Game 1

Throughout Game 1, Sidney Crosby had little space to operate as Staal, Stralman, McDonagh and Girardi smothered him at every turn.

05/03/2014

Daniel Carcillo of the New York Rangers celebrates his goal at 3:06 of the second period with John Moore and Kevin Klein in Game 7  against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden on April 30, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: That’s More Like It! Rangers Find Their ‘A’ Game At Best Possible Time

To lift Lord Stanley’s Cup, there can be no passengers. It takes a full-on commitment from the entire team — and the Blueshirts had it going on Wednesday night.

05/01/2014

Brad Richards of the New York Rangers skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden on April 20, 2014. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Rangers Looking To Put Kibosh On Flyers’ Season In Game 6

With the way the Flyers have played against the Rangers, the locale might not matter much. NY has dominated through five games en route to a 3-2 lead and can close out the series Tuesday night.

04/29/2014

Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers keeps his eyes on the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3 at the Wells Fargo Center on April 22, 2014. The Rangers defeated the Flyers 4-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rejuvenated Rangers Looking To Leave Philly With 3-1 Series Lead

If the Blueshirts can win again in Philadelphia on Friday, they will come back home with a chance to advance to the second round with a victory on Sunday.

04/25/2014

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Flyers Shake Things Up In Goal Heading Into Game 4 Against Rangers

In danger of facing elimination heading back to Madison Square Garden, the Philadelphia Flyers are making a change between the pipes for Friday’s Game 4 of their first-round series with the Rangers. It’s Steve Mason’s net, again.

04/24/2014

Rick Nash skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on March 26, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Is This Rick Nash’s Time To Shine? Rangers Hope So

This could be Nash’s chance to truly endear himself to Blueshirts fans by putting in some dominant performances against the hated Flyers, starting tonight.

04/17/2014

Jakub Voracek #93 of the Philadelphia Flyers controls the puck against Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers at Wells Fargo Center on October 24, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rivalry Renewed — Rangers-Flyers Playoffs Preview

It’s been 17 years since the Rangers and Flyers met in the playoffs. There’s a sense of enormity brewing ahead of what should be a memorable, tightly fought, blood-and-guts kind of series.

04/14/2014

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