Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 5/16/12

NEW YORK - JANUARY 16: Thomas Vanek #26 of the Buffalo Sabres knocks the puck past Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers on January 16, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Sabres 2-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
It's no secret that Dan Girardi & Ryan McDonagh are jelling on the ice, but Scott Burnside at ESPN.com takes a look at their relationship off it.Girardi explains it here..."Especially this year, he's (McDonagh) coming over to my house a little bit more, playing with my son and stuff like that. And I think that's kind of part of why we're doing well. We're good friends off the ice, and it makes our job easier on the ice."McDonagh adds this about his defensive partner..."And obviously learned a lot from him, how mentally tough he is. The grind that he goes through, the hits that he takes, and the way he blocks shots. He's such a leader in that aspect, and it's something that I'm trying to get involved in in my game."...off ice relationships can be very important in team sports as it solidifies that bond and gives you a greater sense of trust in each other....amazing that even with All Star Marc Staal back to full strength he still can't get back on the top defensive pair because o...
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