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3 Up, 3 Down: Who’s Hot And Who’s Not In New York Sports

Oft-criticized quarterback Geno Smith has been named the Jets’ starter (for now) — which is good news for him, at least.

05/21/2015

Fans take photos before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals between the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden on May 16, 2015. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Jared Max: What Do Our Sports Interests Say About Who And What We Are?

On Wednesday, I posted a general collection of results regarding Americans’ interests in sports. Today, we dig deeper into the NBA, NHL and golf.

05/21/2015

Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates after scoring a goal in the second 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)

Lundqvist Takes Blame For Rangers’ Woes: ‘I Have To Be Better’

After splitting the first two games in New York, the Rangers talked about cleaning up mistakes — but it was more of the same in Game 3.

05/21/2015

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VOTE: 1010 WINS Sports Goat Of The Week

Each week, 1010 WINS sports director Marc Ernay nominates the most inept figures in sports.

05/21/2015

Ondrej Palat celebrates after scoring a goal in the third period against Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals at Amalie Arena on May 20, 2015 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Kucherov, Lightning Beat Rangers In OT, Snag 2-1 Series Lead

Nikita Kucherov scored 3:33 into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

05/21/2015

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)

Boomer & Carton: Beatdown For Blueshirts; Yanks, Mets Don’t Fare Much Better

Craig did his best to raise the spirits of his radio partner/BFF, but Boomer was really down in the dumps, so it wasn’t an easy task.

WFAN–05/21/2015

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Silverman: Blackhawks Will Meet Rangers In Cup Final, And It Will Be Epic

They will break the Ducks’ hearts, and they will face the Rangers in an epic Stanley Cup Final.

05/20/2015

Cedric Paquette of the Tampa Bay Lightning faces off against Derick Brassard of the New York Rangers to start Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals at Madison Square Garden on May 18, 2015. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Rangers Looking To Rebound Against Lightning In Game 3

Resilience is key in the NHL playoffs. The Lightning showed it in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, and now it’s the Rangers’ turn to respond yet again.

05/20/2015

Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Rangers - Game One

Ryan McDonagh On Rangers’ Sloppy Effort: ‘It’s Embarrassing’

“It’s embarrassing,” McDonagh said. “There (are) a lot of things you want to say right now, but talking doesn’t do much.”

05/19/2015

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.

05/19/2015

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18:  Alex Killorn #17 of the Tampa Bay Lightning scores a goal in the third period against Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 18, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Johnson Hat Trick Helps Lightning To 6-2 Win Over Rangers; Series Tied At 1

Tyler Johnson scored the first hat trick in Lightning playoff history and Tampa Bay got its high-scoring offense in gear and evened the Eastern Conference finals.

05/19/2015

Derek Stepan celebrates a second-period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals at Madison Square Garden on May 16, 2015. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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.

05/18/2015

Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates with the puck as Ryan McDonagh defends in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals at Madison Square Garden on May 16, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers Looking To Shut Down Tampa’s ‘Triplets’ In Game 2

In the conference finals, Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi have drawn “The Triplets,” instead of the Lightning’s more well-known line featuring star Steven Stamkos. Scratching your head? Don’t.

05/18/2015

in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 16, 2015 in New York City.

Moore Scores Late, Rangers Beat Lightning 2-1 In Game 1

Dominic Moore scored with 2:25 to play and the New York Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday.

05/16/2015

Rangers forward Chris Kreider, top, takes down Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman during the teams’ meeting in Tampa, Florida on Nov. 26, 2014. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Friedman: If Rangers Play Their ‘A’ Game, There’s No Way The Lightning Win

It hasn’t been the smoothest ride for the Rangers in these playoffs, though it rarely is for any team. But New York remains the best the Eastern Conference has to offer.

05/16/2015

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Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers hugs teammate Brian Boyle #22 after defeating the Montreal Canadiens in Game Six to win the Eastern Conference Final in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 29, 2014 in New York City. The New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1 to 0.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Rangers Bound For Finals

The Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens in six games and won the NHL Eastern Conference championship for the first time since 1994, on Thursday, May 29, 2014.

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New York Rangers Photos Of The Week: Jan. 27 — Feb. 2

New York Rangers photos of the week.

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