St. Louis, Rangers Buckle Down For Game 2 After Somber Off Day

CBS New York

LAVAL, Quebec (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York Rangers coaches and players joined star forward Martin St. Louis at his mother’s funeral outside Montreal on Sunday.

Former Tampa Bay Lightning teammate Steven Stamkos and Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur also attended.

« It was a very personal matter for Marty, » Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh said. « We just wanted to be there to support him and his family. He’s been tremendous through this whole process. It’s great to have someone like that on our squad. »

His mother, France St. Louis, died suddenly three days before Mother’s Day in the middle of the Rangers’ series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. She was 63.

St. Louis didn’t miss a game and provided a lift to his teammates as they battled back from a 3-1 deficit to win the series.

Then the Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 7-2 on Saturday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final…

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