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New York Rangers Welcome Back Derek Stepan With Tribute Video

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 13: Derek Stepan #21 of the New York Rangers celebrates Jesper Fast #19 and his team after scoring the game winning goal in overtime against the Washington Capitals to win Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals by a score of 2-1 during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Nobody does it better than Madison Square Garden and they did it again when Derek Stepan returned to take on the New York Rangers.

The New York Rangers welcomed back former alternate captain Derek Stepan with a video tribute at the Garden on Thursday night.

Fans welcomed back the former Ranger with a standing ovation as the Garden video board showed highlights from Stepan’s seven-year career in the Big Apple.

Stepan played in 515 games for the Rangers as well as 97 games in the postseason. Perhaps Stepan’s most memorable moment as a Ranger was his game-winning goal in game seven that put the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second year in a row.

The Rangers and Stepan were never able to reach their ultimate goal, but his time with the Rangers was nothing but positive.

This season Stepan has seven points (two goals and five assists) in nine games for the Coyotes. The former Ranger saw 6:10 of ice time in the first period and was a minus two.

Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.