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Stanley Cup Final

Bruins vs Rangers

Rangers know they have to block Chara's shots

Wednesday, 05.15.2013 / 6:36 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / Bruins-Rangers series blog

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Zdeno Chara's slap shot travels upwards of 108 miles per hour, but the New York Rangers will throw their bodies in front of it if they can in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

They’re going to have to if they plan on getting past the Boston Bruins in this Eastern Conference Semifinal series, which begins Thursday night at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

"If they have a chance to block a shot they are going to block a shot, everybody," Rangers coach John Tortorella said when answering a question about his philosophy when it comes to blocking shots.

When Rangers center Brian Boyle was asked if Chara's shot changes that mentality, he gave the reporter a deadpanned look before saying, "We play the same way. You've gotta get in the lane."

The Rangers blocked a League-high 161 shots in the conference quarterfinals. The Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston's first-round opponent, were second with 141. They blocked 13 of Chara's 45 shot attempts.

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I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round