If I were to tell you that the New York Rangers would advance to the Stanley Cup Final by beating the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals by a score of 1-0, which they did, many would say that it would have been perfect if the Rangers’ lone goal had been scored by Martin St. Louis. While I cannot argue with those who think that, Dominic Moore scoring the Rangers’ only goal last night, sending the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final, was actually just as perfect.
If you don’t know what I am talking about, then let me explain. Moore did not play all of last year’s strike-shortened season, not because no one wanted to sign him, but because he too, like St. Louis, had a horrible tragedy strike in his life. Last year, Moore’s wife Katie tragically passed away at the young age of 32-years-old from a rare form of liver cancer. Moore, obviously saddened beyond disbelief, took all of last year’s strike-shortened season off, but decided he would go back to the game he loves the most by playing for the person he loves the most, Katie.
Moore would go on to sign with his first NHL team, the Rangers, in the 2013-14 season. In his first year back in the league, playing inspired hockey for his love as fourth-line center, Moore scored the game winning goal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals to send the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance in 20 years.
Sounds just as perfect to me.