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Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.

Five things to know before Game 7

Rangers' Benoit Pouliot, center, celebrates his goal with

(Credit: AP / Gene J. Puskar)

1. The Penguins stayed in a downtown hotel last night, very unusual. D Paul Martin said it had not happened in his time with the team, although when he was with the Devils, it happened regularly. But it indicates that Dan Bylsma may be concerned and wants to keep team together and focused before the game.

2. Only a handful of Rangers skated and Alain Vigneault won't be speaking until 5 p.m....

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After remarkable theatre, another Game 7

Martin St. Louis reacts against the Pittsburgh Penguins

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Couldn't have been scripted.

The spirit of (Martin) St. Louis carries Rangers into another Game 7. He scores the opener on Mother's Day, the Rangers feed off the passion, play with an edge and frustrate the Pens at a rockin' MSG.

And they are 4-1 in the last five G7s as we noted last night.

And if you haven't seen the post-game, locker room video on nhl.com, when St. Louis speaks...

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Mother's Day tough for Martin St. Louis

Martin St. Louis of the Rangers skates with

(Credit: Getty Images / Derek Leung)

Here's Marty St. Louis, who lost his mom on Thursday, after the AM skate

“This is a day that is special to me, obviously, and to have my dad (Normand) and my sister (Isabelle) here I think it helps the grieving process,” St. Louis said.

“The guys have been great. Everybody’s been so supportive and I’m really thankful for the quality people we have in here and the people that reached...

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Game 6 lineups, thoughts, before expected 'intense' matchup

Rangers' Rick Nash cannot get his stick on

(Credit: AP / Gene J. Puskar)

Here at MSG for morning skate, Happy Mothers Day all to of 'em, past, current and future...

Rangers showed same lines and d-pairs:

Kreider-Stepan-Nash;  Hagelin-Richards-St. Louis; Pouliot-Brassard-Zuccarello; Boyle-DMoore-Dorsett, McDonagh-Girardi; Staal-Stralman; JMoore-Klein. And Lundqvist in goal.

St. Louis said it woulld help with the grieving process---as reported yesterday---...

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Marty St. Louis: "My mom would be proud"

 

           PITTSBURGH---The morning after the sudden death of his 63-year-old mother, France, on Thursday, Martin St. Louis and his father, Normand, made a decision: Marty would fly to Pittsburgh and play in a must-win Game 5 for the Rangers.       

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Henrik Lundqvist: 'We played for Marty'

Henrik Lundqvist (30) collects himself after allowing a

(Credit: AP / Gene J. Puskar)

There are too many words and thoughts from the players to include here, and we are limited by time and space. I have to grab a few hours sleep and catch a 6 a.m. flight.

So excuse us if we don't include a quote or two...More tomorrow.

So now the Rangers have gone one game further than in John Tortorella's final season, when the lost to the Bruins in five games in the second round. They...

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Grieving Martin St. Louis returns for Game 5

Martin St. Louis handles the puck in the

(Credit: Getty Images / Justin K. Aller)

The morning after the sudden death of his mother, Martin St. Louis and his father, Normand, made a decision: Marty would fly from Montreal to Pittsburgh and play in a must-win Game 5 for the Rangers.

The team learned Thursday afternoon when they arrived here that France St. Louis, 63, died from a heart attack. "We sent him right home to Montreal," said head coach Alain Vigneault. "It was obviously...

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After death of mother, Marty St. Louis status for Game 5 unclear

Martin St. Louis of the Rangers skates against

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Upon learning of the sudden death of his mother, France, on Thursday, forward Martin St. Louis flew to Montreal, and whether he will play in Game 5 here in Pittsburgh was unclear at 1 p.m. today.

"Your heart just drops," said goaltender Cam Talbot, who said he found out last night. "We're all thinking about him in his time of need." Talbot was one of five Rangers on ice for an optional skate,...

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St. Louis status for Game 5 uncertain, as mom passes away

Martin St. Louis #26 and Mats Zuccarello #36

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Tragic situation, as Martin St. Louis' mother passed away in Montreal this afternoon, the Rangers said. It was unclear whether St. Louis left the team or would be available for Game 5 in Pittsburgh.

According to published reports, she was 63 and died suddenly. St. Louis did practice with the team in Westchester, as we've written, but the press did not speak with him after practice.

That's...

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Brad Richards upset at boos for Rick Nash

Rangers' Brad Richards looks on before a face-off

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

First of all, the Rangers played their worst game of the series. Inconsistent defensively, 15 shots offensively. Fatigue mentally and physically? Maybe. Pens are flat-out a better team right now, though, as I wrote in the main story tonight.

Here's Brad Richards on the boo-birds:

“Does it upset me? Yeah, it upsets me, it upsets everybody in the locker room,” Richards said. “We’re not...

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