Only a few days removed from unexpectedly losing his mother, Martin St. Louis had already been through a lot. He played only 24 hours after his 63-year-old mom France had passed away in Montreal, but to have the next game fall on Mother's Day seems a rather cruel coincidence.
That made the New York Rangers' first goal in Game 6 particularly sweet. With New York facing elimination against the Pittsburgh Penguins, trailing the series 3-2, St. Louis broke open the scoring 3:34 into the game when he deflected in a puck off Derek Stepan's rebound.
Naturally, St. Louis was rather emotional after scoring. He also grabbed the puck before heading to the bench, which should be a nice keepsake to hold onto in this emotional time.
The strength it must be taking him to get through these last few days, let alone play must-win hockey games to keep his team's Stanley Cup hopes alive, is just unimaginable. St. Louis has been through a lot in his career and overcome a lot, but to see him meet this difficult time the way he has is absolutely remarkable.