Jun 7, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings with left wing Benoit Pouliot (67) and defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) and defenseman Dan Girardi (5) in the first period during game two of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Stanley Cup 2014: Martin St. Louis scores as he falls down(GIF)

So far this Stanley Cup Finals showdown between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings has been beyond intense and it’s quickly keeping in line with the string of classic Stanley Cups we’ve seen over the course of the last four years. Starting with the Chicago Blackhawks winning the Cup back in 2010 over the Philadelphia Flyers, we’ve seen consecutive seasons in which the Cup Final has been just thrilling and this matchup hasn’t yet disappointing.

One of the best parts about this Stanley Cup is the storylines we’re following as the games progress and the story of Martin St. Louis is one that fans have been glued to since the Conference Semifinals.

St. Louis’ mother died very suddenly during the Rangers series with the Pittsburgh Penguins and rather than miss games to grieve, St. Louis played and helped rally the Rangers to a series win and put them on a path that has landed them in the Stanley Cup.

His goal scoring efforts continued in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup as he notched the third goal of the night for the Rangers in the second period.

Credit: Zombie Prophet

Credit: Zombie Prophet

His most emotional goal of his career came in the series against the Pens when he kicked off the first game after his mother died with an epic goal. It’s hard not to think of that with every goal he scores and it’s clear that whatever motivation he captured to honor his mother in that series against the Pens is still carrying him and the Rangers into the Finals.

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