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03-05-2013, 10:28 PM
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Nicklas Grossmann making difference on defense

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NEW YORK – Peter Laviolette doesn’t hold back when describing Nicklas Grossman’s 6-foot-4 stature on the ice.

“He's a mountain of a man out there,” the Flyers' coach said. “He's moving well, making a real good first pass out there out of our end. He's blocking shots, he's physical, he's done a really good job for us.”

Tonight, the Flyers play the New York Rangers, a team that was once tenacious at shot blocking – third in the NHL last season – but just 18th currently.

Grossmann comes into the game as the NHL league-leader in blocked shots with 66 – one more than Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik.

“I don’t think I’ve ever led the league in blocked shots,” Grossmann mused.

As a team, the Flyers are fourth overall with 357 blocks. Colorado is first with 377.

“It’s just part of the job, I guess,” Grossmann said. “You kill a lot of penalties and have to block shots. You look at the team we play tonight. They led the league [earlier] in blocked shots.

“It made them successful. It’s a small thing, but it’s about small details. If you are good at different things and I can keep the puck from coming to our net, it’s a good thing.”

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