Since the New York Rangers‘ acquisition of Martin St. Louis at the NHL trade deadline, St. Louis has struggled to hit his stride with the Blueshirts. With zero goals and one assist through five games, the Rangers were hoping his sixth game with the team, against the Winnipeg Jets, would prove to be the game where he would score his first goal as a Ranger. Well, unfortunately that did not happen, but he did take a game-changing penalty.
Normally taking a penalty is a bad thing, but this was one of the rare times in hockey that it actually helped the Rangers more than hurt them. Late in the 2nd period against the Jets, St. Louis got called for a hooking penalty and was sent to the box. The Rangers proceeded to kill off that penalty and send the puck all the way down the ice, right when St. Louis’ penalty had expired. St. Louis then hustled down the ice, retrieved the puck, went around the net, and then centered a beautiful backhand pass that somehow went under the stick of Jets goaltender Al Montoya and landed right on the stick of Rangers winger Carl Hagelin, where he backhanded home the game winning goal with 7.8 seconds left in the 2nd period.
St. Louis might not have scored the goal, but his hooking penalty late in the 2nd period actually helped to lead the Rangers to victory. With St. Louis putting alot of pressure on himself to succeed with the Rangers, hopefully this game winning assist can calm him down and lead to his first goal as a Ranger sooner rather than later.
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