Katie Strang

Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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What's next for Brad Richards, Rick Nash and the rest of the Rangers?

Henrik Lundqvist helped the Rangers stave off elimination in Game 4.

Back from suspension, John Moore is itching to make his mark on the series.

Lundqvist plays lights-out in Game 1 loss

Henrik Lundqvist played lights out in L.A., but the Rangers fell in Game 1.

A team without a captain? Think again

No one wears the "C" but the Rangers do have a captain: Brad Richards.

King leads Rangers to Stanley Cup finals

King Henrik made a royal return to lead the Rangers back to the Cup finals.

Yank of Hank leaves unanswered questions

Alain Vigneault made a questionable call in Game 5, pulling Henrik Lundqvist.

Rangers squander series stranglehold

The Rangers squandered an opportunity to put a stranglehold on the Habs.

Lundqvist leaving it all on ice

If Lundqvist continues his stellar streak, it doesn't matter who's in the Habs' net.

St. Louis sparks Rangers to series tie

A grieving Martin St. Louis sparked the Rangers to force a Game 7 in Pittsburgh.

Vigneault rips schedule after Game 3 loss

The Rangers' schedule has been brutal, but they still deserve some blame.

Rangers not leaning on fatigue as excuse

Five games in seven days caught up with the Rangers, but they won't tell you that.

Tremendous trio tallies twice in Game 1

How good is the line of Pouliot, Brassard and Zuccarello? Game 1 was revealing.

Best team left standing in Game 7

Rangers-Flyers took a grueling seven games, but the better team finally won.

Losing momentum as Game 7 looms

The Rangers have dropped 12 straight playoff contests while leading a series.

Rangers need more from Nash

The Rangers' deep bench helped separate them from Philly in Game 5.

Richards, from healthy scratch to first star

Brad Richards put memories of last year's embarrassment behind him.

Trading the captain?

Could the Rangers really trade captain Ryan Callahan?

Rangers defy elements in Bronx rout

Delay, deficit and Devs didn't stop the Rangers at Yankee Stadium.

Blueshirts bring new 'tude to Bronx

Heading into the Stadium Series, the Rangers' identity is taking shape.

'Hank's Back'

Henrik Lundqvist got the better of Jimmy Howard in an epic goaltending duel.

What the Lundqvist deal means

Rangers' Ryan McDonagh commands respect on the ice by example.

What the Lundqvist deal means

So, the Rangers paid Lundqvist a king's ransom. Was there really any choice?

Kreider tricks, but doesn't trash, Torts

Chris Kreider beat his ex-coach with a hat trick, but was gracious in victory.

Shanahan fought for success in NHL

Class of 2013 Hall of Famer Brendan Shanahan fought for his success.

Brassard picks up from last season

Rangers center Derick Brassard appears poised to build on last season's success.

Rangers prepare for 'clean slate'

Alain Vigneault's training camp focuses on one thing: A Blueshirt Stanley Cup.

Tortorella reached his expiration date

Subpar season and an abrasive style gave Torts a short Rangers shelf life.

Patience paying off for Rangers

The Rangers are finally resembling the team we expected them to be.

Rick Nash boosts Rangers in return

Rick Nash recorded a goal and an assist to help the Rangers snap their streak.

Underestimate the Devils at your peril

No love from pundits? The Devils will laugh all the way to the playoffs.

Gaborik's growth, goals spur Rangers

Marian Gaborik's hat trick led the Blueshirts to their first win this season.

Torts: Time for Rangers to wake up

The lengthy work stoppage did not temper John Tortorella's expectations.

Nash makes debut in loss to Bruins

Nash, far from midseason form, shows Rangers a glimpse of what to expect.

Nash ready to make Rangers debut

All eyes will be on the two-time 40-goal scorer as he takes ice for the Blueshirts.

Brooklyn move restores Isles pride

The Isles' move to Brooklyn is a coup for the team, its owner and its fans.

High noon for NHL locals on Sunday

As the free-agency period approaches, all three hockey locals are gearing up.

Steve Bernier is the loneliest Devil

Steve Bernier's Game 6 hit will reverberate through Devils history.

Zilch for Zach? Time for a new topic

Zilch for Zach? Parise put an end to questions about his goal drought.

Brodeur's Devils down, but not out

Despite an 0-2 hole, Martin Brodeur & Co. still plan to make this a series.

Ex-Devil Mitchell chases Cup as King

L.A.'s Willie Mitchell was a spare player when the Devils won the Cup in 2000.

Breakaway brings Brodeur belly flop

Martin Brodeur made big saves in the third period, but guessed wrong in OT.

Rangers forced to face hard truths

The Rangers are forced to face facts this summer. Mainly, their lack of goals.

Rangers' 2011-12 season report card

The Rangers' 2011-12 report card shows that there's a lot to proud of.

Adam on the spot for delirious Devils

Rookie Henrique was Adam on the spot again, sending Devils to the Cup finals.

Do you believe in more miracles?

Game 5 loss to Devils could be a sign that the Rangers are running out of magic.

Devils rattle Rangers, even series

Now that they've found a way to rattle the Rangers, the Devils plan to keep it up.

Henrik is the King of The Rock

Prudential Center is Brodeur's house, but Henrik Lundqvist was King of The Rock.

Henrique coming of age in playoffs

The Devils are relying on rookie Adam Henrique in big-game situations.

Rangers suffering through terrible 2s

Another series, another Game 2, another Rangers chance squandered.

Lundqvist sets tone in Game 1

Henrik Lundqvist's shutout led the Rangers to a Game 1 win over the Devils.

Rangers, Devils renew blood feud

Rangers and Devils will pull no punches in this series -- and that's just the fans.

Blueshirts true to blue-collar ethic

Rangers use grit, guts and goalie to win another Game 7 and reach East finals.

Rangers not making things easy

The Rangers once again handed the momentum back to the Caps in Game 6.

Marc Staal stars again for Rangers

Marc Staal is returning to form as one of the league's elite defensemen.

Rangers go from ecstasy to agony

The Rangers were steamed following their critical Game 4 loss to the Capitals.

Rangers show will to win in triple OT

The Rangers topped the Capitals in Game 3's classic with a total team effort.

In Kreider, Rangers made right choice

Rookie Chris Kreider is paying early dividends for the New York Rangers.

Rangers rookie Kreider ignites MSG

Rangers rookie Chris Kreider did it again for the Blueshirts. This time vs. the Caps.

Keys to Rangers' series vs. Capitals

The Rangers need these five things to avoid another playoff loss to Caps.

Rangers' Kreider shines in Game 7

Fresh from Boston College, rookie Chris Kreider dazzled again in Game 7.

Rangers re-establish identity in win

Brandon Prust knuckled up with Chris Neil, and the Rangers followed suit.

Rangers' season on the brink

With a loss on Monday night, top-seeded Rangers' big hopes go down the drain.

Rangers' playoff OT woes persist

The Rangers' playoff OT woes continued in their 3-2 loss in Ottawa.

Brian Boyle makes biggest play of all

Brian Boyle has become a hero to Rangers fans and a villain in Ottawa.

There will be blood ... and stitches

Rangers, Senators know that Game 2 nastiness was just the beginning.

Tortorella's timeout turns the tide

John Tortorella sensed a shift in Game 1. So he did something about it.

First-round preview: Rangers-Sens

Don't go to sleep on this Rangers-Sens series. It's going to be a great one.

Rangers earn reward with No. 1 seed

The Rangers clinched the top spot in the East, but they aren't done yet.

Power play potent in 4th straight win

The Rangers have sparked a power play that threatened to undercut them.

Coaches exchange words

The players were not the only ones to battle in the Rangers' win over the Devils.

Penguins send message to Rangers

The Rangers are still in first place in the East, but they may not be the best team.

NHL players promoting inclusion

Area NHL players are partnering to promote tolerance and acceptance.

Rangers suffer 'sloppy' loss to Isles

The Rangers seem to be teetering dangerously close to losing their way.

Rangers impressed by Nash's play

The Rangers got a good glimpse of what trade target Rick Nash can offer them.

An awful start doomed the Rangers and backup goalie Martin Biron.

An awful start doomed the Rangers and backup goalie Martin Biron.

Lundqvist continues stellar play

Henrik Lundqvist continues to play at a high level for the New York Rangers.

Prust halts drought with game-winner

Brandon Prust may not score much, but he's the heart of the first-place Rangers.

Richards scores game-winner for Rangers.

Brad Richards ended his scoreless slump with the game-winner for the Rangers.

Brodeur shuts out Rangers 1-0

Martin Brodeur's shutout of the Rangers helped the Devils silence their critics.

Devils set tone for second half of season

The Devils proved they could play with the league's elite.

Rangers head into break on top

First-place Rangers head into the break determined to improve.

Rangers earn physical win over Bruins

Rangers earn tough, physical win over Bruins in Boston.

Rangers' midseason report card

The Rangers are in line for some high marks as they hit the halfway point.

For Rangers, the grind starts now

With the Winter Classic behind them, the Rangers are ready for the grind.

Staal psyched to be back on the ice

Marc Staal's long journey back to the ice culminates at the Winter Classic.

Stars don't align for Richards, Rangers

Jeff Woywitka, not Brad Richards, was the most notable ex-Star on Tuesday.

Richards not Star-struck over reunion

Brad Richards looks forward to seeing his ex-teammates. Then he aims to beat 'em.

Dan Girardi rocks Rangers' blue line

Former undrafted free agent Dan Girardi is now key to the Blueshirts' defense.

Rangers thriving on the big stage

With a win over the Pens, the Blueshirts are showing they can beat the best.

Prust adds punch to Rangers-Flyers

Brandon Prust added some punch to the Rangers-Flyers rivalry in Saturday's win.

Listless Isles facing another lost season

PA Parenteau & Co. know the burden's on them to turn the Isles' season around.

King Henrik's take? Not too bad, Brad

"That's why we signed him," Henrik Lundqvist said Tuesday of Brad Richards.

MSG is place to be for surging Rangers

How happy were the Rangers to have a homestand? The answer is in their record.

Tavares takes giant step in win

John Tavares showed glimpses of his stardom in the Islanders win.

Hank needs no help getting up for Isles

For Blueshirts goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers-Islanders rivalry never gets old.

Challenges await Rangers early

The Rangers will be faced with a travel-intensive schedule to start the season.