After the New York Rangers earned a 3-1 victory in what proved to be an emotional Game 6 victory to force Game 7 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was particularly emotional for star forward Martin St. Louis.
The last three days have been unimaginably tough for St. Louis whose mother died unexpectedly Thursday in Montreal. St. Louis rejoined the Rangers in time for Game 5 after a brief visit home to be with his family. Then, on Sunday -- Mother's Day -- St. Louis scored Game 6's first goal and helped the Rangers stave off elimination on home ice.
St. Louis' family was in the building for Game 6 and the Rangers faithful at Madison Square Garden showed their affection for No. 26 by changing "Marty" throughout the game.
The emotions continued to pour out after the game in New York's dressing room.
It is customary for the Rangers to give their player of the game “The Broadway Hat." St. Louis earned it in Game 5, so it was his task to give it out on Sunday. He couldn't pick one player, though.
St. Louis delivered an emotional speech to his teammates, awarding the hat to the entire team for their effort.
“Great win, boys,” St. Louis said to the room full of Rangers. “You've gotta picture it, ya know. You gotta believe it. You gotta see it in your head that everything's possible.
"Everybody pushed tonight. I can't pick one guy, I gotta give it to the whole team. You guys have been nothing but unbelievable for me these past couple days and I'll never forget that. This was a team [expletive] win tonight. I couldn't be prouder to be a [expletive] New York Ranger with you guys.”
It was a remarkable win in New York and now the Rangers will look to pull off the improbable comeback, erasing a 3-1 series deficit for the first time in franchise history in Game 7 against the Penguins. There's no question this team is getting a huge lift from St. Louis playing through what must be one of the most difficult experiences of his life.