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The Rangers Have the Best Vibes in New York Sports

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These haven’t been the best of times for New York sports. The Jets and the Giants are coming off last-place finishes. The Nets flamed out chaotically, while the Knicks arguably peaked on opening night (i.e., Bing Bong Night). The Mets and Yankees have both been playing well, but the MLB season is still young, and the off-season brought all manner of frustrations. But one New York team from the four biggest pro leagues has maintained good vibes from the very beginning of the season: the NHL’s Rangers. They’ll play Tuesday night in their first proper playoff game in five years.

The Rangers’ 52 wins were tied for the second most in franchise history — a finish that far exceeded preseason forecasts that projected they’d be on the playoff bubble at best. But more satisfying is the path they took to get there. Four years ago, after years of competitive teams that did everything but win the Stanley Cup, Rangers management famously wrote a letter to fans announcing that they’d be blowing up the roster and starting over. They realized that they’d gone as far as they could with that version of the team, and recognized that the fastest way to compete again would be to........

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