Sean Hartnett

American midfielder Megan Rapinoe celebrates after scoring her second goal during the Group D match of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup against Australia in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on June 8, 2015. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rapinoe Provided The Spark That Jump-Started The Jittery Americans

Megan Rapinoe is the crafty midfielder that is sparking hope that the United States will leave Canada having ended 16-year Women’s World Cup championship drought.


Rick Nash

Hartnett: Trading Rick Nash Would Be A Step Back For Win-Now Rangers

Speculation is increasing that the Rangers could explore the possibility of trading star winger Rick Nash in an attempt to free up much-needed cap space.


Keith Yandle (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Even Though Rangers Fell Short, Yandle Gamble Is Paying Off

General manager Glen Sather didn’t fear the risks when parting with a huge package to pry puck-moving defenseman Keith Yandle from the Coyotes.


New York Rangers

Hartnett: Rangers Are Not In Need Of A Shakeup Or Culture Change

You don’t tear down a team that was 20 minutes away from making a second consecutive Stanley Cup Final appearance.


Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Rangers - Game Seven

Hartnett: Ousted Rangers Played With Hearts As Big As The City

They played with hearts as big as the city. Nearly men deserve to be celebrated too.


New York Rangers v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Six

Hartnett: As Game 7 Nears, Fired-Up Top Line Is Powering Rangers

Top-line trio Rick Nash, Derick Brassard and J.T. Miller have proven critics wrong and are delivering when it matters most.


Henrik Lundqvist, Ben Bishop (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Can Bishop Beat A King? Previewing Game 7 Between The Pipes

We’re not talking about chess here, folks. Ben Bishop and Henrik Lundqvist will square off Friday night, with the hope of sending their team to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.


Derick Brassard celebrates after scoring against Lightning goalie Ben Bishop in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals at Amalie Arena on May 26, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Game 6 Hero Brassard Was Born To Deliver On Big Stage

Need a big-game performance? Better call Brass, who has ignited the Rangers’ top line.


Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, center, makes a save against the Rangers during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals at Madison Square Garden on May 24, 2015. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Better Man Up With The Man Advantage Immediately

The Tampa Bay Lightning pushed the Rangers to the brink of extinction by beating them at their own game.


Ondrej Palat #18 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates his goal in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on May 22, 2015 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Need To Get Back To Basics To Make This A Series

While the Blueshirts possess a good amount of team speed and skill, they do not have the firepower necessary to beat the Lightning skill for skill.


Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning scores a goal in the first period against Henrik Lundqvist during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals at Amalie Arena on May 20, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Fall Victim To Same Mistakes In Game 3

Sure, Henrik Lundqvist surrendered six goals for the second straight game … but how many were truly his fault?


Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Rangers - Game Two

Hartnett: Rangers Determined Not To Let Game 2 Embarrassment Happen Again

Following Game 2, Vigneault made it clear that he believes the Rangers will turn the page quickly. After all, this team has done so throughout their entire playoff run and since Vigneault took charge last season.


Derek Stepan

Hartnett: Cornerstones McDonagh, Stepan Leading Rangers’ Playoff Run

Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan are two of a kind — two aces in the Rangers’ winning hand. And now they’re seven wins away from lifting the Stanley Cup.


Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden on November 17, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Will Rangers Advance Past Deep, Explosive Lightning?

The Bolts dominated the Rangers during the regular season. But that was a long time ago. Let’s take a look at both teams heading into the Eastern Conference finals.


Jesper Fast and Chris Kreider celebrate after Derek Stepan scores the game-winning goal in overtime against the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden on May 13, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Stepan ‘Matteau,’ Rangers Summon The Spirit Of ’94

Ordinary clubs crumble when their backs are pressed against the wall. Not the panic-less Rangers. They chip away.