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Who would have thought that we’d be talking about a Rangers vs. Penguins game 7 after Pittsburgh charged out to a 3-1 series lead? Sid Crosby & Co. looked poised to skate away with the series en route to tackle the winner of the Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins series – which is also headed to a game 7. But this is the Stanley Cup playoffs, where nothing is ever certain until your team is skating around the rink with the Cup hoisted overhead. The Rangers have battled back from the brink of elimination and now carry the momentum into Pittsburgh for a decisive game 7.
One of the highlights of the series – and arguably one of the most touching highlights of any NHL playoff series in history – has been the play of Martin St. Louis in the wake of the tragic and unexpected death of his mother. St. Louis, claiming that he believes his mother would want him to play, has been effective, and his New York Rangers teammates have rallied around him as the Rangers have won the last two games of the Penguins vs. Rangers series to tie things up at three games apiece.
Unlike the Canadiens vs. Bruins series, where the teams seem to be looking for ways to disrespect each other amid concerns of racism against Canadiens star P.K. Subban, the Pittsburgh Penguins have shown class and sportsmanship about St. Louis’ loss. Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby notably offered his condolences before game 5.
According to a Yahoo! Sports report, Martin St. Louis had this to say about playing and scoring a goal on Mother’s Day in the wake of his mother’s death:
“Mother’s Day, my dad is here, my sister is here. It’s been a tough time for my whole family. To be able to get the lead in the first period, it was a good one. I got a pretty good bounce. I know (my mother) helped me through this. It’s a great win by the guys.”
New York brings the momentum into game 7 of the Penguins vs. Rangers series, but don’t think that the Pittsburgh Penguins are just going to go away. They have an experienced team with some of the top talent in the NHL. Look for them to play just as desperately as the Rangers now that they are facing elimination. Don’t miss tonight’s game 7 of the Rangers vs. Penguins series – you can watch it streaming online live here.