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A decade later, St. Louis, Richards return to Cup Final

Jun 1, 2014, 3:54 PM EDT

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It was almost exactly a decade ago that the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Calgary Flames in the 2004 Stanley Cup Final. Back then, Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis led the charge, finishing first and second respectively in the Lightning’s playoff scoring race.

Richards and St. Louis haven’t played in the final round since that series. A lot has happened and their uniforms have changed, but the New York Rangers duo is hoping that the ending will be the same.

“Never would have thought we’d be here today, in New York, doing it,” Richards said, per the Bergen Record. “Even to start the season, I never imagined Marty being here.”

St. Louis, who was acquired by the Rangers at the trade deadline, is one of the big reasons they’ve gotten this far. He went on a six-game point streak from May 11-25 as the Rangers dug themselves out of a hole against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round and then gained the upper hand versus Montreal in the Eastern Conference Final.

During that stretch, St. Louis scored the overtime winner against Montreal in Game 4 to give the Rangers a commanding 3-1 series lead that the Canadiens were unable to recover from.

When the 2013-14 campaign started, Richards and St. Louis didn’t have many playoff games under their belts. This time around, they will serve as the voices of experience on a Rangers’ club that hasn’t won a championship since 1994.

  1. bleedrangerblue - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Bring the cup home guys !!! LGR!!!!!

  2. LampyB - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Thats a great story to add some color to the series. Love it!

  3. booboo31 - Jun 1, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    happy for the rangers but unfortunately i don’t see the finals being any contest of any kind what-so-ever. LA or chicago regardless will more than likely win 4-1 maybe even 4 straight, its not even close.

    • chanceoffleury - Jun 1, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      I’m surprised at the number of people commenting about how the Rangers don’t have a chance. You can tell Lundqvist wants this one really bad. He has the ability to steal at least 2 games. That’s enough to at least make things interesting. I’m not confident they can win it, but I don’t think Lundqvist is gonna go quickly or quietly. He’ll give them a chance. Stranger things have happened.

  4. bleedrangerblue - Jun 1, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Booboo sounds like everyone. Do you realize our goaltending matches LA? Do you realize our goaltending is better than chicagos?? Rangers roll 4 lines please don’t count the Rangers out.

    • robocop3999 - Jun 1, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      And that’s the only chance for the Rangers to beat Chicago or LA, King Hank. The offense and defence don’t match up with either of those teams.

      • moarjam - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        The defense is better than both chi or la IMO

  5. domdogsbk85 - Jun 1, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Thats why they play the games my friends. I have never seen a team win the stanley cup without winning 4 GAMES. Defense and great goaltending always has a chance. NYR are definetly underdogs against either team but both teams can be beaten.Lets go rangers

  6. cameltoews - Jun 1, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    You guys realize the rangers made the penguins look like an ordinary team and they have just as much “star power” as those teams in the west. I love how people just count them out immediately. Just like the rangers were counted out by most of you guys in every series they played so far. It’s not going to be easy by any means but I certainly don’t expect the rangers to roll over bc all of you experts say it’s no contest. It’s a team game and the rangers have just as good as a team as anyone else and if you don’t think the rangers defense and goal tending doesn’t match up to the two teams in the west you are flat out wrong.

    • barkar942 - Jun 1, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      And, they have a coach that knows a thing or two about either opponent.

  7. twesty85 - Jun 1, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Offense and defense DO NOT match up as much as ranger fans would like to think. These two teams would cruise through the playoffs if they were in the Eastern division. If Price didn’t get hurt we wouldn’t even be talking about the rangers.

  8. cameltoews - Jun 1, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Oh so you have a crystal ball and could see if price was playing the rangers were going to lose that series. Can you please tell me the score of the first game? That is the one price played in right?

  9. twesty85 - Jun 1, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Yes, i do. camel toe face. Don’t tell anyone though.

  10. cameltoews - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    I like the insult there. Camel toe face. Damn that got me good twesty85 face!

  11. twesty85 - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Thank you so much for the compliment! It took the Rangers 6 games to eliminate the Habs. How many playoff games did Tolarski(Price’s backup since you probably didn’t kmow) play in before this series? ZERO. He was basically a child among men. Now if you honestly think Price wouldn’t have won the series for them I suggest you log off, never talk hockey again so you don’t look like a fool, and take up knitting or something.

    • dschrode2013 - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      Tolarski. That’s funny.

  12. cameltoews - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    No I think henrik would have best Montreal whether price was in net or not. How come because I think that I no longer allowed to watch hockey and have to knit? I guess you are one of those guys who doesn’t allow anyone to have a different opinion and if someone does you try to insult them to make yourself feel better. I have news for you, high school is over. You don’t have to act tough. People are allowed to think differently than you. But, I ask again, what was the score of the only game price played?

    • moarjam - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      He’s probably still in high school!

  13. cameltoews - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    And his name is Tokarski but you are right I had no clue he backed up price in that series.

  14. bleedrangerblue - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Wow. Please everyone count the Rangers out. This team is deep, rolls 4 lines, quality goaltending, and a coach who knows the West. Rangers are a formidable foe!!

  15. twesty85 - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Queen lundquist would have played at the exact same level regardless. It says a lot about your team when they take.6 games to eliminate a team with a rookie in net. There won’t be a rookie in net next series. The 2014 Stanley Cup Champions will come from the Western Conference. There is no question.

  16. twesty85 - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    And you can bring up the ONE game in the series he played in but every goal tender remaining has had a bad game like that. If you still don’t see that this series would have been 100% different had Price been in net you’re hopeless. Based on the fact that the Habs could get two wins in the series with a rookie in net the rangers would have no chance against ANY of the playoff teams ftom the West. You’re probably one of those guys who watches games with his girlfriend and has to ask her what icing is.

    • moarjam - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      Well it’s a good thing they actually play the games and not award championships based on what tools like you say should happen!

      Did I mention that I think you’re a tool?

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