Martin St. Louis Scores Goal on Mother’s Day, Three Days After His Mother Passed Away (Video)
That’s New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis in the locker room after Game 6 against the Penguins last night. He’s holding the “Broadway Hat,” the team’s official Player of the Game trophy, which he won because he scored the first goal of the game…on Mother’s Day…just three days after his own mother suddenly passed away.
Sometimes real life plays out just as you’d write it up, doesn’t it?
On Thursday, with the Rangers trailing the Penguins 3-1 in their series and looking dead in the water, St. Louis received the terrible news that his mother had died unexpectedly from what they believe was a heart attack. At that point he rushed to Montreal to be with his family, and Rangers coach Alain Vigneault advised him to stay there with his family and just forget about Game 5 in Pittsburgh. However, after a long talk with his dad, St. Louis decided his mother would have wanted him to play. So he flew to Pittsburgh to rejoin his team and, inspired by his courage, they crushed the Penguins 5-1.
Game 6 was Sunday in New York. Mother’s Day. And with his dad and sister in attendance, St. Louis scored the first goal three and a half minutes into the game.
Rangers fans at Madison Square Garden had never really warmed up to St. Louis. The team had traded beloved captain Ryan Callahan for St. Louis’s scoring punch, and they had so far failed to be impressed.
On Sunday, however, they chanted “Marty! Marty!” when he stepped out onto the ice for the first time.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not putting any money on the Penguins to win Game 7.