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Mike Milbury and his Bruins teammates invade the stands at Madison Square Garden during a 1979 game against the Rangers. Though chances are slim fans will see a brawl like this, SI’s Stu Hackel expects more violence in a shortened season. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

HACKEL: Five things to watch in a 48-game season

Mike Milbury and his Bruins teammates invade the stands at Madison Square Garden during a 1979 game against the Rangers. Though chances are slim fans will see a brawl like this, SI’s Stu Hackel expects more violence in a shortened season. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
HACKEL: Five things to watch in a 48-game season

C.J. Wilson takes a photo of Josh Hamilton during Rangers spring training in 2011. Wilson would leave Texas for Anaheim the following offseason. Will Josh Hamilton leave Texas this winter? (John Biever/SI)

CORCORAN: Rounding up all the action from baseball’s winter meetings

C.J. Wilson takes a photo of Josh Hamilton during Rangers spring training in 2011. Wilson would leave Texas for Anaheim the following offseason. Will Josh Hamilton leave Texas this winter? (John Biever/SI)
CORCORAN: Rounding up all the action from baseball’s winter meetings

Phil Esposito lays on the ice after injuring his knee during a 1973 Bruins-Rangers playoff game. (Tony Triolo/SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of the Boston Bruins 

Phil Esposito lays on the ice after injuring his knee during a 1973 Bruins-Rangers playoff game. (Tony Triolo/SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of the Boston Bruins 

The Athletics celebrates after beating the Rangers to clinch their first playoff spot in six years. Oakland is currently one game behind Texas for the AL West lead and moved into a tie with Baltimore for the top wildcard spot. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

LEMIRE: Nats clinch NL East and more observations from Monday

The Athletics celebrates after beating the Rangers to clinch their first playoff spot in six years. Oakland is currently one game behind Texas for the AL West lead and moved into a tie with Baltimore for the top wildcard spot. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LEMIRE: Nats clinch NL East and more observations from Monday

Bob Probert takes a right to the jaw from Darren Langdon during a 1997 Rangers-Blackhawks game. (AP)

GALLERY: Hockey’s Faces of Battle

Bob Probert takes a right to the jaw from Darren Langdon during a 1997 Rangers-Blackhawks game. (AP)
GALLERY: Hockey’s Faces of Battle

Luc Robitaille pounds Jaromir Jagr into the boards during a 1996 Rangers-Penguins game. (David E. Klutho/SI)

GALLERY: Jaromir Jagr at 40

Luc Robitaille pounds Jaromir Jagr into the boards during a 1996 Rangers-Penguins game. (David E. Klutho/SI)
GALLERY: Jaromir Jagr at 40

Boston’s Derek Sanderson and New York’s Walt Tkaczuk sprint for a loose puck during Game 1 of the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals. Boston held on for a 6-5 victory in the game on their way to a six-game series victory and the franchise’s fifth championship. (Neil Leifer/SI)

Boston’s Derek Sanderson and New York’s Walt Tkaczuk sprint for a loose puck during Game 1 of the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals. Boston held on for a 6-5 victory in the game on their way to a six-game series victory and the franchise’s fifth championship. (Neil Leifer/SI)

This week’s SI cover features Josh Hamilton, who is drawing comparisons to Mickey Mantle with his breathless style of play. (Greg Nelson/SI)

This week’s SI cover features Josh Hamilton, who is drawing comparisons to Mickey Mantle with his breathless style of play. (Greg Nelson/SI)

Twenty years ago today, the Yankees drafted Derek Jeter with the sixth overall pick on the 1992 MLB Draft. Since then, he’s won five World Series, collected 3.159 hits and solidified himself as one of baseball’s all-time top shortstops. (Chuck Solomon/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Derek Jeter | Alex Rodriguez
SI VAULT: Jeter wins 2009 Sportsman of the Year 

Twenty years ago today, the Yankees drafted Derek Jeter with the sixth overall pick on the 1992 MLB Draft. Since then, he’s won five World Series, collected 3.159 hits and solidified himself as one of baseball’s all-time top shortstops. (Chuck Solomon/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Derek Jeter | Alex RodriguezSI VAULT: Jeter wins 2009 Sportsman of the Year 

Devils center Adam Henrique celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal to beat the Rangers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals. New Jersey will face Los Angeles tonight in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

HACKEL: Devils, Kings keys to winning Stanley Cup
MUIR: Key matchups, X-factor, predictions and more
FARBER: Salvadore key to Devils postseason success

Devils center Adam Henrique celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal to beat the Rangers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals. New Jersey will face Los Angeles tonight in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
HACKEL: Devils, Kings keys to winning Stanley CupMUIR: Key matchups, X-factor, predictions and moreFARBER: Salvadore key to Devils postseason success

The Devils and Rangers brawl during a 1992 Patrick Division Semifinal game. This year’s Eastern Conference Finals matchup has been just as tense and the Devils are in control after a 5-3 victory on Wednesday and moved within one win of a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. (Scott Levy/Getty Images)

KWAK: Devils fourth line comes up big in Game 5 win over Rangers
VIDEO: Watch highlights of Wednesday’s Rangers-Devils game
GALLERY: The Devils-Rangers Rivalry

The Devils and Rangers brawl during a 1992 Patrick Division Semifinal game. This year’s Eastern Conference Finals matchup has been just as tense and the Devils are in control after a 5-3 victory on Wednesday and moved within one win of a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. (Scott Levy/Getty Images)
KWAK: Devils fourth line comes up big in Game 5 win over RangersVIDEO: Watch highlights of Wednesday’s Rangers-Devils gameGALLERY: The Devils-Rangers Rivalry

Zach Parise slips a shot past Henrik Ludqvist during the third period of Monday’s Devils-Rangers game. Parise scored two goals and set up another in New Jersey’s 4-1 victory. The series is tied at 2-2 with Game 5 scheduled for Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

CAZANEUVE: Parise ignites Devils in Game 4 victory
VIDEO: Watch highlights of Monday’s Devils-Rangers game

Zach Parise slips a shot past Henrik Ludqvist during the third period of Monday’s Devils-Rangers game. Parise scored two goals and set up another in New Jersey’s 4-1 victory. The series is tied at 2-2 with Game 5 scheduled for Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
CAZANEUVE: Parise ignites Devils in Game 4 victoryVIDEO: Watch highlights of Monday’s Devils-Rangers game

New York’s Derek Stepan and New Jersey’s Marek Zidlicky chase a loose puck during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday. The Rangers dominated from start to finish in a 3-0 victory. (Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)

VIDEO: Watch highlights of Game 1
DATER: Rangers roll but Tortorella still angered

New York’s Derek Stepan and New Jersey’s Marek Zidlicky chase a loose puck during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday. The Rangers dominated from start to finish in a 3-0 victory. (Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)
VIDEO: Watch highlights of Game 1DATER: Rangers roll but Tortorella still angered

Before Alexander Ovechkin celebrates Mother’s Day with his lovely mom Tatiana, he must play a Game 7 against the Rangers. SI’s Darien Eliot wonders how much more the teams have to give after a grueling six games. (Simon Bruty/SI)

ELIOT: Will Rangers and Capitals have anything more to give? 
GALLERY: The NHL’s Most Colorful Characters

Before Alexander Ovechkin celebrates Mother’s Day with his lovely mom Tatiana, he must play a Game 7 against the Rangers. SI’s Darien Eliot wonders how much more the teams have to give after a grueling six games. (Simon Bruty/SI)
ELIOT: Will Rangers and Capitals have anything more to give? GALLERY: The NHL’s Most Colorful Characters

Rangers players celebrate after their triple-overtime 2-1 victory over the Capitals last night. The victory gave New York a 2-1 series lead. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

DATER: Rangers perservere in triple overtime for victory
HACKEL: Hunter-Ovechkin truce is on thin ice at best

Rangers players celebrate after their triple-overtime 2-1 victory over the Capitals last night. The victory gave New York a 2-1 series lead. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
DATER: Rangers perservere in triple overtime for victoryHACKEL: Hunter-Ovechkin truce is on thin ice at best