It’s been quite the emotional year for Martin St. Louis.
First came his controversial request in March to be traded by the Tampa Bay Lightning, a franchise with which the Vermont alum had spent the bulk of his 13-year NHL career. Tampa general manager Steve Yzerman, also the architect of Canada’s Olympic squad, bypassed naming St. Louis to the Team, which many saw as the impetus for his trade demand.
Just last week, the New York Rangers forward lost his mother from a heart attack at age 63. Despite her death on Thursday, St. Louis still played in New York’s Game 5 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.
In Game 6, on Mother’s Day, he did this.
After the game, a 3-1 win for the Rangers, St. Louis thanked his teammates.
Game 7 between the Penguins and Rangers will take place Tuesday night. The winner will face either the Bruins or Canadiens, who play Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series Monday night in Montreal.