|Posted on May 26, 2014 at 5:55 PM|
Since the unfortunate passing of Martin St. Louis mother during the opening round of these 2014 NHL playoffs, it cannot be denied the New York Rangers look like a team of destiny. On that note, it is extremely fitting that St. Louis himself has put New York within one win of the Stanley Cup birth. A position this original six franchise hasn't been in for two decades.
Martin St. Louis scored the overtime winner at 6:02 on Sunday night to give the Rangers a 3-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden.
St. Louis got the puck in the right circle and had an open look at Montreal goalie Dustin Tokarski, who has robbed St. Louis on several occasions in the series. This time, St. Louis ripped a shot inside the near post and over Tokarski's glove to win it.
It took St. Louis a fair bit of adjustment time; after being part of the biggest trade deadline deal of the season, which saw two captains traded at the deadline for the first time ever, when the Rangers offered Tampa Bay: Ryan Callahan and a picks package for St. Louis services.
The New York Rangers have become Martin St. Louis family during these trying times. Martin St. Louis Is on a mission for his mom. St. Louis currently has 13 points in 18 contests this playoff campaign, giving him 80 points in 80 games in his playoff career.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves, including arguably his most important of the night on Montreal forward Alex Galchenyuk with 3:15 remaining in regulation. The puck hit Lundqvist in the right shoulder and then clanged off the crossbar, falling down in front of the goal line.
Henrik Lundqvist is one playoff victory away from the New York Rangers franchise record. Will "The King" be able to put his name in the history books in front of a hostile Montréal Canadiens crowd at the Bell Center in Game 5? Or will Montréal pull off the miracle and stage a comeback of their own?
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