Greenwich resident St. Louis scores emotional goal for Rangers

It’s something that people only see in the movies.

In a must win for the New York Rangers, Greenwich resident Martin St. Louis started the Mother’s Day battle at Madison Square Garden in grand fashion, scoring the first goal of the game to help the home team force a game 7.

St. Louis was playing in front of his home fans for the first time since his mother, Frances, unexpectedly passed away earlier in the week. In addition, his sister and father were in attendance.

“I got a pretty good bounce on the first one, obviously the right place, but you got to work for your bounce,” St. Louis said after the game. “I know she’s helped me through this. It’s a great win and we played hard. Everybody contributed with or without the puck. Obviously Hank (Lundqvist) made some big saves. You got to believe and keep on pushing. That’s what we need to do.”

With 16:30 to play in the opening period, St. Louis’ line was charging down the ice. Chris Kreider smacked the puck deep in the Pittsburgh Penguins zone and to the left of Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Derek Stefan was behind the net and worked the puck away from the Pens defender and passed to St. Louis.

The Greenwich resident then immediately passed to Anton Stralman just in front of the blue line. Stralman then fired a shot at net that Fleury made the pad save, however on the rebound, the puck bounced off the St. Louis and into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead 3:34 into the game.

It’s Mother’s Day and my dad is here and my sister is here,” said St. Louis. “It’s been a tough time for my family and to be able to get the lead in the first period was a good moment. I felt we started strong.”

The Rangers built a 2-0 lead with Carl Hagelin fired off the backhand shot just over three minutes later. With the score 2-1, Derick Brassard padded the lead 15:30 into the second period.

After the game, St. Louis was named the game’s No. 1 star. While saluting the crowd, the Ranger forward skated around the ice, pointed to the screaming crowd and was seen saying ‘”Thank you.”

With the victory, the Rangers forced a game seven that will be played in Pittsburgh Tuesday night at 7.

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