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Martin St. Louis thinks of mother after emotional goal: ‘She helped me through this’

May 11, 2014, 11:24 PM EDT

With their season on the line, Game 6 was a big night for the New York Rangers. It might have been the most important for Martin St. Louis, however, as he scored a big goal on Mother’s Day not long after she passed away on Thursday.

This was his second game since he lost his mother and it’s clear that it’s been an emotional time for the 38-year-old winger. It also seems pretty clear that the challenging time has provided some inspiration for the veteran forward.

That 1-0 goal seemed to ignite his teammates’ passions:

… And beyond that, it made an already involved crowd that much more pumped up:

The Penguins get that “extra stride” boost back as the series wraps up with a decisive Game 7, but if nothing else, the Rangers showed some serious resilience in fighting back from another late-series deficit.

  1. bigbadbruins77 - May 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Go mighty mouse go! Hero! Been my favorite player since his college days. For all the haters, she’d want him to play!

  2. hockeyornothing - May 11, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Couldn’t have said it any better.

  3. 19to77 - May 12, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Sell the Pens as hard as the NHL tells you to, James. They’re still going down in game seven. Marketing or no, the Rangers actually care about the game they’re playing. The Pens just show up expecting to win by right. Arrogance doesn’t win the Cup, no matter how skilled you are. Heart does.

    • hockey412 - May 12, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      Well, as a Pens fan, I hear this a lot. But what, specifically, leads you to believe that ‘arrogance’ is the problem? Is it that some of the passes are so foolishly illogical that you are led to believe that they are cocky enough to try and pull them off, or what, specifically?

      Those guys were out there trying last night – it was a great NYR effort and win. Just because the Pens lost does NOT mean they didn’t show up, or didn’t try. It also doesn’t mean someone’s mother was looking down on them from heaven (not sure why every fan needs an effing story line these days)…it means they were outworked/outplayed.

      Heart doesn’t win the cup either…goals do. Specifically, more than the other guys.

      • dropthepuckeh - May 12, 2014 at 10:19 AM

        Heart inspires the team to play at their best allowing them to score goals and defend until the last second. No heart – no Cup.

        Who would people rather have in a game 7 – MAF or Lundqvist??

      • hockey412 - May 12, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        What does MAF or Lundqvist have to do with anything? Just a random thought of yours or was it relevant to your point?

        And rib cages protect those hearts – without a rib cage, the heart would just kind of fall down. So really, rib cages win cups.

        This has been a good series – both teams have played hard. When the Pens lose, it’s not because they suck, or because they are arrogant, or because they are spoiled and want things handed to them, or lack heart. These are idiotic comments, spewed forth by idiotic fans of other teams. No more relevant to hockey than encyclopedias are to society at this point. I actually didn’t see a Pens team that lacked heart last night. I saw a team that was outplayed by a very good NYR team. I saw a team in need of a different strategy defensively. I saw a team that just might need a different coach. But these guys are a win away from two straight ECF finals. You don’t get there without heart. NOW SIT DOWN SON.

  4. blomfeld - May 12, 2014 at 1:03 AM


    Happy Mother’s Day to all dear mums out there ! … TODAY, TOMORROW & FOREVER ! :)

  5. billiam55 - May 12, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    momma st louis is proud of you marty!

    • hockey412 - May 12, 2014 at 8:17 AM

      I’m really hoping we can leave the passing of Marty’s mother out of future games. Teams need a spark sometimes – something to rally behind. But the death of a player’s mother? I’m hoping we’re done there. It kind of sounds like we’re saying “just think where the rangers would be if marty’s mom hadn’t died!”…creepy.

      NYR played great, especially Hank. Hard to solve him. Should be a great game 7.

  6. leafsfan9381 - May 12, 2014 at 3:11 AM

    St. Louis is the man! I wish nothing but the best for him. I was never a big fan until he got pissed of at Stevie y for the olympic snub. A true Canadian and an even better son for showing how much he loves his mom. May she rest in peace.

    • pastabelly - May 12, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      None of this justifies St Louis’ selfish behavior this year in Tampa Bay.

      • 7mantel - May 12, 2014 at 8:41 AM

        Bad timing on your part,save your bashing for another story on St.Louis !

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