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Blocking shots no sacrifice for Girardi

NEW YORK -- Now, THAT had to hurt.

In the second period, Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi sacrificed his body to block Marcus Johansson's slap shot during the second period of New York's 3-2 victory over the Capitals in Game 3 on Sunday afternoon. Girardi got up slowly and returned to the bench.

He was back out on the ice for his next shift.

"It got me in the side," Girardi said, pointing to his right ribs. "But I’m OK."

Girardi, who was excelled this season playing alongside Marc Staal on the Rangers’ top pairing, led all skaters with five blocked shots and was credited with five hits in 21:59 of ice time. He led all NHL skaters with 236 blocked shots in the regular season, and came into Sunday afternoon’s game ranked third in the league with nine playoff blocks.

"I don't know [that it's really a big deal]," a modest Girardi said. "We have 20 guys are out there doing it just like I am. It just seemed like it was a huge block there. That's what it takes to win a series and win games. That's the stuff that we need to do to be successful. Sacrificing our bodies and blocking shots, cycling down low, that's the stuff that we need to do to win."