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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.

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

Rangers' Rick Nash cannot get his stick on

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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If Chris Kreider is cleared, why not play him in 'must' game?

Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers celebrates

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Seems like a no-brainer to me. What does Alain Vigneault have to lose?

If you hold the big, speedy 23-year-old Chris Kreider back and the Penguins take Game 4 tonight and head to Pittsburgh with a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinals, the coach will be second-guessed all the way back to Vancouver.

If you lose with Kreider (17 goals during the season and a proven...

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The precarious state of the Rangers in crunch time

Rangers left wing Rick Nash looks on against

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Well, safe to say that in a season of hyperbole, Wednesday’s game is the biggest of the Rangers’ journey this year, which started with a long exhibition season away from home in Western Canada, and could end in Pittsburgh on Friday night.

Lady Gaga, the WNBA and the arena football guys have easier schedules, if you get my drift. Should the Rangers have dispatched the Flyers earlier to avoid...

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Update: Fast, Miller, Diaz in for Dorsett, Carcillo, Moore in Game 3

J.T. Miller (10) settles the puck during the

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First, get ready for the barrage of "big boy pants" wisecracks after Alain Vigneault's pre-game remarks. The Pens wore theirs in Game 2, AV said, and "I need mine to do that."

Calling Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Martin St. Louis, and the top guys...

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In a significant Rangers lineup change for Game 3, rookie winger Jesper Fast replaced Derek Dorsett on the fourth line with Dominic...

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