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.