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Girardi, McDonagh More Than Shot Blockers

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“‘I feel like everyone is obsessed with this shot-blocking because that’s what they’re doing,” said Zach Parise, hunched at his locker after New Jersey’s 3-0 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final, his brow knotted up. “A lot of teams block shots. We have to get around it.”

Blocked shots have become a much-discussed topic in this post-season, and the Rangers are the main reason why. New York has blocked 293 shots in 15 games, second only to the departed Washington Capitals; there are four Rangers in the top 10, and their top defensive pair, Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh, lead the league with 52 and 42, respectively. In Game 1, New York blocked five more shots than they allowed to reach...

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