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Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.

MVP, Players' Player well-deserved honors for Ryan McDonagh

Ryan McDonagh sets before a faceoff against the

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

The future is now for Ryan McDonagh.

We’ve seen the Rangers defenseman blossom this year into an all-around player who will no doubt be wearing a letter on his sweater next season and for a long time.

But it’s not only the writers and broadcasters who follow the team and who voted McDonagh as the Team MVP.

The U.S. Olympic brass felt the same way, picking him for the squad and...

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NYR can move closer to home-ice ad with defeat of Sabres

          Apologies for some erractic postings. Been fighting a couple things that caught up with me during the Western Canada trip.

          Finally got to the dentist today, for example, and have a root canal scheduled tomorrow morning. Oh joy.


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With spot clinched, battle for home-ice begins; McD update


              The talk at this morning's post-clinching practice was all about looking ahead for playoff seeding, not behind, starting with tonight's matchup with Carolina. The Blueshirts host Buffalo on Thursday and then visit Montreal on Saturday.


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NYR playoff tickets on sale Thursday, Friday

Here's the info from the Garden

Tickets for the first and second rounds of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs will go on sale on Friday, April 11 at 12 p.m.

Select pre-sales will begin on April 10th at 10 a.m. beginning with season subscribers, Chase card members at 12 p.m. and NYR Twitter and Facebook fans at 2 p.m. Limited tickets will be available on Ticketmaster via, Ticketmaster...

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Rangers clinch playoff berth with Devils' 1-0 loss

Rangers' Brad Richards celebrates his shootout goal past

(Credit: AP / Gene J. Puskar)

Perhaps it wasn’t the way they had planned, but in the first year under head coach Alain Vigneault and his staff, the Rangers have qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

The Blueshirts, with 91 points, were idle Monday night but secured a postseason berth when the Devils lost to Calgary 1-0 in Newark. It is the eighth time in the last nine seasons that the...

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Jesper Fast ready to help


          You’ve got to wonder if Jesper Fast would have been back here sooner if not for a high ankle sprain that sidelined him right after he had been sent to Hartford.... after playing eight games for the Rangers out of training camp.

          Head coach Alain Vigneault liked the young...

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Practice Report: NYR Lines

Looks like Dan Carcillo odd man out for tomorrow..

Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Martin St. Louis

Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Jesper Fast

Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello

Brian Boyle-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett.

On D, no Ryan McDonagh

John Moore-Dan Girardi, Anton Stralman-Marc Staal, Raphael Diaz-Kevin Klein.

Lundqvist, Talbot on the ice. ...

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Winger Jesper Fast recalled from Hartford

Fast, the Swede who has 17 goals for the Wolf Pack (including two last night) and is considered a good two-way player, has been summoned from the AHL.

Unclear at this point whether Fast is a spare or will see time in the next three games.

The 22-year-old played eight games at the beginning of the season with the big club---no points---when Carl Hagelin was sidelined. We'll know more...

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Eye on N.J. : NYR clinches if Devils lose to Calgary tonight

It may not be the way that the Blueshirts prefer to join the teams such as Pittsburgh and Boston and Tampa and Montreal, who have clinched playoff berths, but unless the cross-river rival Devils grab two points from the Flames tonight it Newark, the Rangers have a post-season spot.

With 84 points, the Devils need to win their last four games to reach 92 points. The Rangers have 91 and the...

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NYR can clinch playoff spot with win/point vs Sens tonight

"We control our destiny," said Marc Staal. "We don't want to backdoor it," said Brad Richards.

It's simple: The Rangers, with a win at MSG tonight, can clinch a post-season berth with 93 points. Then they would have three more games---two at home---to try to secure second place in the Metro Division and home-ice advantage in the first round.

Ottawa lost to the Canadians 7-3 last night...

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