Can shot-blocking NY withstand Chara's slap shot?
BOSTON (WHDH) -- There is a reason hockey players have a reputation for being some of the toughest professional athletes around -- it’s called sacrificing the boy.
The Boston Bruins do their fair share, but the New York Rangers make a living out of blocking shots. Against the Bruins it’s often hard living.
The Bruins 6-foot, 9-inch captain, Zdeno Chara, possesses the type of slap shot that’ll make you think twice about getting in the way.
Chara’s shot may be the fastest in the NHL, but it probably won’t make Rangers coach John Tortorella change his philosophy. In fact, Tortorella said Thursday morning he has no reservations about his guys getting in front of Chara’s shot -- which is fine by Bruins’ coach Claude Julien.
For the Bruins it’s not about hitting the Rangers, it’s about hitting the back of the net.
The Bruins shots, espcially Chara's, can put you in the pain zone and the Rangers know it. Captain Ryan Callahan broke his leg blocking a Chara shot in 2011. Bruins Patrice Bergeron said the key to blocking a Chara shot is getting as close to the shot as possible.