Sean Hartnett

The New York Rangers celebrate after defeating the Washington Capitals 4-2 in a game at Madison Square Garden on December 23, 2014. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Take Game Up A Notch Against Ovechkin, Extend Streak To 7

The Rangers always seem to find a way to kick their game up a notch when Alex Ovechkin and the Caps enter MSG.

12/24/2014

Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers celebrates his goal at 4:10 of the first period against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden on December 21, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Streaking Rangers Feel The Confidence Flowing Again

Having extended their winning streak to six games, the Rangers are brimming with confidence.

12/22/2014

Rick Nash (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Red-Hot Rick Nash In Early Mix For Hart Trophy

Nash means business. So do the Rangers. It’s been a truly amazing return to form for No. 61.

12/17/2014

Kevin Hayes of the New York Rangers celebrates his first NHL goal at 7:18 of the third period against the San Jose Sharks at Madison Square Garden on October 19, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers’ Rookie Kevin Hayes Looks Like The Real Deal

Rookie center Kevin Hayes has special written all over him. The 22-year-old Boston College graduate has adapted quickly to the demands of the fast-paced NHL, earning the trust of teammates and head coach Alain Vigneault.

12/11/2014

Kevin Klein #8 of the New York Rangers celebrates his game-winning goal at 3:45 of overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on December 8, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Ultra-Tough Kevin Klein Has Been The Rangers’ Savior

Klein has been the one Rangers defenseman who has been dependable in all areas of the ice over the span of 26 games.

12/09/2014

Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers is hit into the boards by Radko Gudas #7 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Madison Square Garden on December 1, 2014.(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Oh How The Mighty Rangers Have Fallen

Are the Rangers a playoff-caliber team? Certainly. Are they Stanley Cup contenders? It sure isn’t looking that way.

12/02/2014

Martin St. Louis fights for the puck with Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden on November 23, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Martin St. Louis Sets The Tone For A Rangers Turnaround

The 39-year-old winger was a force throughout Sunday’s victory over Montreal, harassing the Habs with his legs and executing an array of jaw-dropping passes.

11/24/2014

Kevin Klein clears the puck ahead of Sean Couturier of the Philadelphia Flyers on November 19, 2014 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Klein-Del Zotto Swap Remains One Of Sather’s Great Steals

The Rangers pulled the plug on MDZ at the right time. Meanwhile, Kevin Klein has been trusted to play an increased role this season — and it’s paying off.

11/20/2014

Ryan Callahan skates around Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist before scoring a goal in the third period at Madison Square Garden on November 17, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Vigneault Right To Be Furious After Callahan, Lightning Rout Rangers

Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle stormed into MSG to give Rangers fans a taste of what their team is missing: effort, execution and confidence.

11/18/2014

Marc Staal (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Would Be Smart Not To Let Staal Contract Talks Drag On

At some point, Marc Staal will put pen to paper on a lucrative, long-term contract. It just remains to be seen if the Rangers will be the ones to pony up the dough.

11/14/2014

John Moore #17 of the New York Rangers skates the puck around Patric Hornqvist #72 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third period at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Fear Fueled The Rangers’ Domination Of Red-Hot Penguins

After being embarrassed by the lowly Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, the highly-motivated Rangers flipped the script by dominating the Metropolitan Division-leading Pittsburgh Penguins for the entirety of 60 minutes on Tuesday night.

11/12/2014

Iiro Pakarinen of the Edmonton Oilers lands in the crease as Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers makes a save during the first period at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 9, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Outclassed Rangers Need To Get It Together ASAP

This weekend, the Rangers subjected their fans to back-to-back nights of brutal hockey. And a wake-up call is needed after Sunday’s loss to last-place Edmonton.

11/10/2014

Derick Brassard of the New York Rangers celebrates his game-winning overtime goal against the Detroit Red Wings during their game at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 5, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers’ Brassard Stepping Up As A True No. 1 Center

More than a few eyebrows were raised when the Rangers committed a five-year contract worth $25 million to 27-year-old center Derick Brassard. Those eyebrows are not raised anymore.

11/06/2014

Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers is injured when he is hit into the boards by Evander Kane #9 of the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Keeping Pace Without McDonagh Will Be The Ultimate Test For Rangers

The injury-ravaged Rangers will be without inspirational captain and all-situation defenseman Ryan McDonagh for the majority of a packed November schedule.

11/03/2014

John Moore of the New York Rangers skates away after taking a match penalty with a hit to Erik Haula #56 of the Minnesota Wild at Madison Square Garden on October 27, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: John Moore’s Career With The Rangers Is On Thin Ice

At this stage of his career, it’s crucial that Moore gets consistent playing time to prove that he can repair his damaged image.

10/30/2014

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