The New York Rangers played a hard Game 5 Friday night, with Martin St. Louis in uniform just one day after his mother’s death. No one had expected to see St. Louis in the lineup, however he came and played hard to celebrate her memory:
“I know deep down my mother would have wanted me to play this game. She’d be proud of me coming here to help as much as I can. She was a great lady, best human being I’ve known in my life. I owed it to her to do it. I know she would want me to do it.”
Upon learning of his mother’s death, St. Louis left to join family in Montreal. He took the time he needed and with support from his father, St. Louis came back and helped motivated teammates, all of which were touched by his devotion to the team.
Rangers coach Alain Vigeault simply encouraged St. Louis to do what he needed to do:
“We had a good talk and at the end of the day my message to him was there’s more important things than hockey. You have to do what’s right. You have to take care of your dad. But they got up Friday morning and they talked and they sorted it out. And he’s here.”
Game 6 is on Sunday; ironically it’s Mother’s Day. Will the game be even harder for St. Louis, or will he bring his A game to celebrate her honor once more?