A day before Game 5 in Pittsburgh, down 3-1 in the series, the New York Rangers already knew they had to win or be eliminated by the Pittsburgh Penguins. What they did not know, or expected to happen, was the sudden and tragic passing of Rangers’ Martin St. Louis‘ mother.
Many believed that St. Louis would be at his home in Montreal during Game 5, but his family told him that his mother would have wanted him to play, so he quickly got on the next flight to Pittsburgh and started for the Rangers in Game 5 in Pittsburgh. The Rangers would go on and play an inspiring game in what would be a 5-1 victory, forcing a Game 6 back at Madison Square Garden. That Game 6 will be played later tonight and the Rangers must not let up in front of the home crowd. Not only have the Rangers not won a home game all series long but this game is do-or-die and to top it all off, it is Mother’s Day.
Yes, just a couple of days after the tragic passing of St. Louis’ Mom, the Rangers will be playing a do-or-die Game 6 at Madison Square Garden tonight on Mother’s Day. You know St. Louis is going to be filled with emotion and play inspired, so it is up to the rest of the Rangers to do the same. What it comes down to for the Rangers is to either play Game 6 like its their last tonight or go home, because playing desperate hockey is the only way the Rangers can beat the Penguins and force a Game 7 back in Pittsburgh.