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Sean Hartnett

Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers (R) celebrates his game-winning goal in the third period along with Ryan McDonagh #27 (L) and Martin St. Louis #26 (C) in Game 1 of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 17, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Center Brad Richards Has Turned Back The Clock At 33

Expect Richards to continue putting in spirited performances and chipping in key goals and assists. At 33, Richards has turned back the clock.

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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

(L-R) Matt Irwin #52, Martin Havlat #9 and Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on April 12, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Hartnett’s Fearless 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Predictions

Any goalie can catch fire and carry a team to glory, one key injury can suddenly decimate the hopes of a legitimate Cup contender and an unheralded player can step forward and have the series of his life.

04/15/2014

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

Rick Nash of the New York Rangers celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on March 30, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Make No Mistake, Nash Is A Game-Changer Who Gets Way Too Much Grief

He probably won’t win the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy again, nor will he “freight train” opponents for the entirety of 60 minutes — but there’s no doubting the unmistakable game-changing value that Rick Nash brings to the Rangers.

04/11/2014

Brad Richards, No. 19, celebrates his goal with his teammates during the Rangers’ game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden on April 8, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Are Equipped To Handle Key Injuries Heading Into Playoffs

The big fear among the Rangers’ fan base is whether the Blueshirts are built to handle the possibility of essential defenseman Ryan McDonagh and emerging winger Chris Kreider missing the start of the playoffs. As I see it, have no fear.

04/09/2014

Derick Brassard of the New York Rangers skates prior to the start of the game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Oct. 10, 2013 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Brassard’s A Keeper — And Just Scratching The Surface Potential-Wise

After every game, Rangers center Derick Brassard calls his father Pierre. Together, father and son pick apart Derick’s performance — the positives, the shortcomings and how he can improve going forward.

04/08/2014

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)

Hartnett: Pouliot-Brassard-Zuccarello Has Been Rangers’ True No. 1 Line

Glen Sather understandably has plenty important tasks to address in the offseason. One of them is keeping the Pouliot-Brassard-Zuccarello line intact for seasons to come.

04/03/2014

Ryan McDonagh (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers’ McDonagh Won’t Win Norris Trophy, But He Deserves It

Without any prodding, Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault described 24-year-old defenseman Ryan McDonagh as a genuine Norris Trophy candidate.

03/27/2014

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers is honored prior to the game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Madison Square Garden on March 24, 2014. The Rangers defeated the Coyotes 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Show Tremendous Character In Comeback Win Over Coyotes

With Martin St. Louis and Derek Stepan both sick as a dog, the Rangers collectively embraced the challenge of finding a way to come back from a 2-0 first-period deficit to secure a vital, late-season victory over the hungry Coyotes.

03/25/2014

The Rangers' Rick Nash handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on March 16, 2013.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Nash’s Play Of Late Shows He’s Capable Of Carrying Rangers A Long Way

Rick Nash has played like a force of nature of late. The Rangers’ 6-foot-4 winger has been scoring vital goals and using his natural strength and athleticism to dominate opponents, much to the delight of the Blueshirts’ faithful.

03/24/2014

Glen Sather (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Like Him Or Not, Sather Has Been A Shrewd GM For Rangers

The “Fire Sather” chants that were once commonplace have gone all but silent in recent years. Perhaps, Rangers fans are finally realizing that his successes far outweigh his blunders.

03/20/2014

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist celebrates after earning his 300th career victory on March 9, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)

Hartnett: Lundqvist’s Journey — From Draft Steal To Rangers’ Winningest Goalie

Long before he earned the complete adulation of MSG devotees, scouts around the league were split on whether an 18-year-old Henrik Lundqvist had the characteristics of an NHL-caliber goalie.

03/19/2014

Head coach Alain Vigneault of the New York Rangers (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: The Rangers On The Brink Of A Collapse? Not So Fast

Sunday’s deflating 1-0 defeat to San Jose might lead Rangers fans to the conclusion that their team is teetering on the edge of a cliff. It’s understandable why some fans are fearing the worst. But the glass is still half full.

03/17/2014

Rangers forward Martin St. Louis (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Be Patient, Rangers Fans — The St. Louis Trade Will Pay Off

Alain Vigneault has admitted that Martin St. Louis is pressing. Not to worry. Once St. Louis gets comfortable, he will ignite the Rangers’ attack.

03/14/2014

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