VIDEO: Martin St. Louis scores Rangers' first goal on Mother's Day

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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.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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