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For Rangers, the grind starts now

With Winter Classic hoopla in rearview mirror, Blueshirts are ready to bear down

Updated: January 6, 2012, 12:42 AM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- For a team that has cleared so many hurdles throughout the first three months of the season, the Rangers have a daunting test of endurance that lies ahead.

The Blueshirts emerged from a myriad of distractions -- the loss of their best defenseman, a lengthy European road trip and a month's worth of omnipresent cameras -- in sole possession of the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

That's where they remained after Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over the Panthers -- one point ...

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