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The Great Wall of Montreal

Lunging in front of 100 mph slap shots is all in a day's work for Josh Gorges

Originally Published: March 21, 2014
By Chris Gigley | ESPN The Magazine

BLOCKING A SHOT is the most selfless act an NHL player can perform. The league has kept blocks as a stat only since 2005, and analytics folks argue that they don't correlate with wins. The only time a block makes the highlights is when the blocker suffers an injury. But can a block have a big impact on a game? Just ask Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges. Google his name and "shot block" and the first result is a YouTube clip from 2010 that shows Montreal's alternate captain taking ...

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