By: Michael Abitabilo
In case you don’t know the story by now, New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis’s mother died suddenly Friday in Montreal, Canada. St. Louis traveled to Montreal to be with his family Friday, but made it to Pittsburgh in time for the Rangers’ game five match-up with the Penguins. At the time, the Rangers trailed the series 3 games to 1. Having been thoroughly outplayed in games two, three and four, it seemed like the Rangers were just hours away from the off-season. But the Rangers found a way to win game five, with many of the players reciting the “win one for Marty” mantra after the game.
Game six took place on Mother’s Day. As if written for a Hollywood script, St. Louis opened the scoring just 3:34 into the first period, electrifying Madison Square Garden and propelling the Rangers to victory and a decisive game seven Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.
NHL.com has posted video of St. Louis addressing his teammates after the game. If this doesn’t give you the chills, nothing will:
If St. Louis is “proud to be a f***ing New York Ranger,” then I’m proud to be a f***ing New York Ranger fan.
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Mike Abitabilo is the co-founder of the Read Zone, and has particularly dreaded/enjoyed this year’s roller-coaster ride that is cheering for the New York Rangers.