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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

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Rangers know they have to block Chara's shots

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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