Found October 06, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
There was Ryan McDonagh taking a puck on the jaw before the three-minute mark of the first period of the first game. There was Brian Boyle twice sliding in front of power-play blasts after losing his stick in the second period in Phoenix and there were the Rangers blocking a total of 19 shots in their season-opening 4-1 defeat to the Coyotes Thursday night. A total by the way that exceeded the team average of 16.1 blocked shots per match both last year and over the past three years when that part of the game became inextricably linked with their identity and John Tortorella’s coaching philosophy. “It’s not only part of my game but for all of our guys” McDonagh who had a team-high four blocks said following Friday’s practice. “It’s kind of instinctive. “That’s not going to change. Maybe it’s not going to be mentioned a lot by the staff but it’s part of our game. It’s going to save us from giving up goals for sure.” The Rangers who face the Kings on Monday were given Saturday off b
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