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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

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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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Brad Richards says Rangers in synch; Derek Stepan OK

Derek Stepan celebrates his second-period goal during a

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WASHINGTON -- He never saw it coming. Fifty-one seconds into the third period Wednesday, Caps forward Troy Brouwer blindsided Rangers center Derek Stepan with a forearm in neutral ice, clipping him in the helmet.

Stepan went down and eventually skated to the dressing room; Brouwer was not penalized. The Rangers center returned to the bench with about 13 minutes left.  

“The referee...

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Updates, preview, lineups for Rangers-Caps

John Moore of the Rangers controls the puck

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So, fellow citizens, the last time that the Rangers---and yours truly---were at the Verizon Center here in Washington, it was May 13, Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, and with a 5-0 win, the Rangers eliminated the Capitals from the playoffs.

Lot of water under the bridge since, eh?

To be sure, both squads are off to tepid starts: The Caps are 2-4; the Blueshirts 1-4.

The...

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Post-Game Xtra III: Lundqvist, McDonagh on goal gaffe

Goaltender Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings

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The Rangers third goal will make all the highlight, or lowlight, films, Ryan McDonagh's  180-foot shorthanded clearing pass/bank shot off the right boards that Kings netminder Jonathan Quick totally misplayed at 4:39 of the third period here in Staples Center.  It was a moment that left 18,118 fans and players and media stunned, scratching noggins and looking for a replay.

“I didn’t...

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Ryan McDonagh on sweet spots: BP, travel and maybe, Sochi

Ryan McDonagh celebrates his second-period goal during a

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“I hit the fence at 365, it bugs me that I couldn’t hit one out,” said Ryan McDonagh, full-time defenseman and former high school college slugger, talking ruefully today about BP at Target Field. “(Twins skipper) Ron Gardenhire is a big hockey fan and he’s had some of the Minnesota Wild guys out and a few of us went last week” to hit and shag flies. “I haven’t used a wooden bat in six years.”

During...

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