Another day, another game, another different line Martin St. Louis was on for the New York Rangers last game vs. the Carolina Hurricanes. But if he continues to play the way he did last game, then St. Louis might have just found his new home with the Rangers on a line with center Derek Stepan and winger Rick Nash.
For the first time since joining the Rangers at the trade deadline, St. Louis finally started to look like he belonged, as that first scoring line of St. Louis, Stepan, and Nash was creating chance after chance, and from the second period on, the Rangers were clearly better than the Hurricanes in what was to become a 4-1 Rangers victory.
Not only was St. Louis looking better, skating and creating, but he was finally able to record his first multi-point game with the Rangers. No, unfortunately he did not score a goal, even though he came close on at least two great chances. Instead, he racked up three assists, with two of them on the power play and two of them being highlight-reel worthy. First, a beautiful spin-o-rama pass to a wide-open Brad Richards, who proceeded to slap it home. Then a beautiful feed to Stepan at the side of the net for an easy tap in to seal the deal.
Hopefully this was just the beginning and St. Louis’ performance vs. the Hurricanes, in front of thousands of Rangers fans in a sold out Madison Square Garden and those watching at home, was just a small taste of what he can bring to the table for the two remaining games in the regular season, and more importantly, in the playoffs.