Martin St. Louis
The Islanders and Rangers — and their fans — have been at each other’s throats for years. The rivalry lost some luster over the last decade, but it now appears to be back and healthier than ever.
Last season, the Rangers surprised many by reaching their first Stanley Cup Final since 1994. The 2014-15 Rangers have more of a youthful look after a number of familiar faces moved on to new teams.
The sting of the double-overtime loss in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals is mostly gone. However, don’t think for a second that it is forgotten by the New York Rangers.
His poise, maturity, natural confidence and willingness to battle has greatly impressed head coach Alain Vigneault, his coaching staff and veteran teammates.
St. Louis isn’t just making sure that his body stays ahead of the curve at 39. He’s meticulous about every detail during training camp.
If the Rangers are to return to the Stanley Cup Final, head coach Alain Vigneault will have to work some more magic.
Despite the greed and ego that is often associated with sports, we know there are plenty of moments that demonstrate great courage and pride.
New York is the biggest sports market in the United States, and it’s a magnet for superstars. The Rangers, Islanders and Devils boast a plethora of talented players.
The Rangers took their fans on an incredible ride that was equally unexpected and unforgettable. Now the page immediately turns to preparations for next season.
Whenever the Rangers have reached what appears to be their breaking point, they have found a way of turning their emotion into a rallying spirit and driven focus.
With the Rangers facing a 1-0 series deficit ahead of Game 2, there is no skater more valuable on this team than St. Louis because of the collection of experiences he’s acquired and his willingness to dispense advice.
There will be ample opportunity to diagnose the finals between now and puck drop next Wednesday, but the one thing we know is that the Rangers will not be easily dismissed no matter who they face.
Ten years after leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to their first Stanley Cup championship, veteran Rangers teammates Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis are ready for an encore.
When the final buzzer sounded Thursday night, the Broadway Blueshirts were in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since captain Mark Messier was in charge.
The Rangers have two key assets to fall back on — penalty killing and goaltending. It’s a combo that has put them within one victory of their first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years.