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Rangers come to Dan Girardi's defense
Rangers come to Dan Girardi's defense

The New York Rangers circled around defenseman Dan Girardi on Thursday after the reliable protector of goalie Henrik Lundqvist made the turnover that set up the overtime loss to the Kings in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. "Our group believes so strongly in each other," Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh said, as selected players — not Girardi — met with reporters at the team hotel in Santa Monica. "We understand that wasn't the deciding factor in the game, ultimately. "We know he's going to bounce back and be a huge part of our Game 2." Girardi, 30, leads New York in hits (70) and blocked shots (51) in the postseason, and led all skaters...

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