Inspired by the sudden and tragic death of his mother just last week, Martin St. Louis has played his best hockey since joining the New York Rangers at the trade deadline. His inspiration is rubbing off on the rest of the team and at the right time.
I hate to say this, but before the death of St. Louis’ mother, the Rangers were staring elimination right in the face in the second round of the playoffs, down 3-1 in the series to the Pittsburgh Penguins, and honestly I do not know if the Rangers would have come back to win 3 straight games, and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals if it was not for this tragic turn of events.
We will never truly know for sure, but what we do know is the Rangers did win three straight games vs. the Penguins to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals to play against the Montreal Canadiens. What we also know because it just occurred this afternoon, is that the Rangers won Game 1 of this best-of-seven, Eastern Conference Finals by beating the Canadiens 7-2 in Montreal, giving the Rangers a 1-0 series lead. Guess who it was for the Rangers who started off this seven-goal explosion. You got it — Martin St. Louis.
Yes, St. Louis would score 4:35 into the first period, helping to lead the Rangers to a win over the Canadiens in Montreal, where St. Louis just happens to be from.
Not only do the Rangers seem to be feeding off of St. Louis and rallying around him on the ice, but off the ice as well. The Rangers’ entire team will be attending the funeral of St. Louis’ mother tomorrow, to continue to show support and rally around a teammate most of them have not known long but love like a brother.