New York • If Martin St. Louis wasn’t a fan favorite during his first two months with the New York Rangers, he certainly became one during a very emotional weekend.
St. Louis came to New York in March in a deal in which popular team captain Ryan Callahan was shipped to Tampa Bay. When he didn’t light up the scoreboard right away, the Madison Square Garden crowd was slow to warm to him.
» N.Y. Rangers 3, Pittsburgh 1
Series tied 3-3
» Chicago 2, Minnesota 1
Blackhawks lead series 3-2
» Boston at Montreal, 5:30 p.m., NBCSN
Bruins lead series 3-2
» Los Angeles at Anaheim, 8 p.m., CNBC
Series tied 2-2
That all changed Sunday night.
Three days after the sudden death of his mother, St. Louis scored 3:34 in, and the Rangers avoided elimination for the second straight game by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1.
Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series is Tuesday in Pittsburgh. New York advanced in the first round with a Game 7 win over Philadelphia.
St. Louis rejoined his teammates for Game 5 in Pittsburgh on Friday, after a quick trip to Montreal to be with his family. That dedication inspired his teammates during a 5-1 win and carried over to Sunday.
"It’s probably one of the cooler things I’ve been a part of in my professional career," said Derek Stepan, who earned the first assist on St. Louis’ goal. "The emotion on that goal is something that I will never forget."
Blackhawks 3, Wild 2 • In Chicago, Jonathan Toews had a rebound goal early in the third period, and Chicago beat Minnesota to take a 3-2 series lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
Bryan Bickell also scored and Corey Crawford made 27 saves as Chicago bounced back from consecutive losses in Minnesota.
But the Blackhawks were back at the United Center, where they improved to 6-0 in this postseason and 17-2 over the past two playoffs.
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