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Mark Messier: Rangers no underdogs in chase for Stanley Cup

John Lamparski/Getty Images Mark Messier views the Rangers as a team that should be considered a favorite, and is close to winning a Stanley Cup. Mark Messier knows a thing or two about exuding confidence, the kind of confidence that ...

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Lundqvist a year older but feeling ‘energized’ as ever

Seth Wenig/AP Happy Birthday, Henrik Lundqvist, who doesn’t feel any different Wednesday. Henrik Lundqvist turned 34 years old Wednesday, and though the goaltender continues to play at a high level, it’s fair to wonder how much longer the Rangers’ championship ...

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Islanders beat Canucks behind Thomas Hickey’s goal, 3-2

Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images Islanders’ Ryan Strome leaps to avoid a shot in front of Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom during Tuesday night’s win in Vancouver. VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Thomas Hickey scored the tiebreaking goal in the third ...

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Rangers coach must figure out best way to use Eric Staal

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Alain Vigneault has said he envisions Eric Staal playing the middle. Jeff Gorton did his part. The Rangers general manager acquired a four-time All-Star and Stanley Cup winner in Eric Staal at the trade deadline to strengthen ...

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Rangers Insider: Derek Stepan up short and sweet

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Derek Stepan celebrates after he scores a short-handed goal with 2:48 remaining to break a 1-1 tie. The Rangers don’t score shorthanded very often, but Derek Stepan has been the man for the job. The center scored ...

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John Tortorella ‘absolutely’ did not want to leave Rangers

Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images Former Rangers coach John Tortorella is back at the Garden Monday as his Blue Jackets take on the Rangers at 7 p.m. He met with the media Monday morning and discussed a number of topics ...

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Islanders allow three goals in third, fall to Oilers, 3-1

Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images Kyle Okposo is sent over the boards by Oilers’ Zac Kassian. EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers were humiliated the last time they played the New York Islanders. On Sunday night, they flipped things ...

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Rangers get Eric Staal, brother of Marc, in trade with Canes

Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images Eric Staal will now play alongside brother Marc after Carolina trade him to the Rangers. Family first, and hopefully the Stanley Cup second. Rangers first-year GM Jeff Gorton swung a blockbuster deal Sunday afternoon to ...

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Rangers face dilemma as NHL trade deadline nears

Rob Carr/Getty Images Keith Yandle is a hot commodity to deal but is also a vital part of the Rangers’ short-term strategy to win now. DALLAS — St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Thursday that his most challenging task ...

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Kevin Klein, Henrik Lundqvist lead Rangers past Stars, 3-2

DALLAS — Henrik Lundqvist bubbled with enthusiasm about his teammates’ effort in Saturday afternoon’s 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars because their sacrifice, hustle and level of play all rose to match his own. “There are no passengers,” Lundqvist said ...

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