Martin St. Louis

Derick Brassard of the New York Rangers celebrates after scoring a goal late in th second period against the Montreal Canadiens during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on May 25, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

On The Verge: Rangers Not Taking 3-1 Lead Over Canadiens For Granted

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.

05/27/2014

The New York Rangers celebrate after Martin St. Louis scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Dustin Tokarski #35 of the Montreal Canadiens to win Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 25, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Martin St. Louis Has Etched His Name Into New York Sports Lore

Martin St. Louis propelled the Broadway Blueshirts to a dramatic victory that New Yorkers will never forget.

05/26/2014

The New York Rangers celebrate after Martin St. Louis scored the game-winning shot in overtime against Dustin Tokarski #35 of the Montreal Canadiens to win Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 25, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Oh, So Close: Rangers Now Just A Win Away From Advancing To Cup Finals

A win Tuesday in Montreal will put New York in the championship round for the first time since they won the title in 1994. A loss will make Game 6 necessary at what will be a nervous Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

05/26/2014

Martin St. Louis celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal of overtime May 25, 2014, against the Montreal Canadiens. (Credit: Getty Images)

Rangers Top Montreal In OT, One Win Away From Stanley Cup Finals

Martin St. Louis put New York within one win of the Stanley Cup finals, scoring 6:02 into overtime to give the Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

05/25/2014

Martin St. Louis (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Palladino: Lagares, St. Louis, Cruz Took Life’s Knocks — And Came Back Stronger

When real life invades sports, that’s when the true measure of an athlete is taken. The rest is a storybook.

05/23/2014

Tomas Plekanec #14 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates Alex Galchenyuk's game-winning overtime goal as Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers looks on in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Habs Stun Blueshirts At MSG, And Suddenly It’s A Series

Lundqvist was stellar in claiming the first two wins of the Eastern Conference finals for the Rangers over the Canadiens on the road. But Montreal exacted a bit of revenge in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden.

05/23/2014

Madison Square Garden (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Vigneault, Rangers Look Toward Fired-Up MSG For Game 3

Gone will be the fear of impending doom. Suddenly, the Rangers are the front-runners against the Canadiens, and their fans now have the chance to celebrate the ride with them.

05/22/2014

Martin St. Louis after scoring a first-period goal against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on May 17, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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

The Rangers joined star forward Martin St. Louis at his mother’s funeral outside Montreal on Sunday. Head coach Alain Vigneault’s voice cracked as he described the service.

05/19/2014

Martin St. Louis during Game 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rangers To Attend Funeral Of St. Louis’ Mother After East Finals Opener

The Rangers will be all business for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday. The next day will be rough, win or lose.

05/16/2014

Henrik Lundqvist #30 and Derick Brassard #16 of the New York Rangers celebrate their win over the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Six of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 11, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Do-Or-Die Time: Rangers Looking To Stun Penguins In Game 7

Looking overmatched and overwhelmed while falling behind 3-1 to the Penguins four games into the Eastern Conference semis, it’s the Rangers who head to Game 7 on Tuesday night looking like the team ready to move on.

05/13/2014

Martin St. Louis during Game 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Lion-Hearted Martin St. Louis Is All Inspiration, All The Time

St. Louis has affected his new Rangers teammates with a no-quit attitude following the death of his mother. These guys would run through a wall for him on any night.

05/12/2014

Martin St. Louis celebrates the New York Rangers' 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden on May 11, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rangers, Fans Rally Behind Grieving Martin St. Louis On Mother’s Day

New York has never won a series it trailed 3-1 and has never beaten the Penguins in the playoffs. That trend might be changing, largely due to the emotional lift St. Louis brought to the Rangers this weekend.

05/12/2014

Benoit Pouliot #67, Marc Staal and Derick Brassard #16 of the New York Rangers celebrate after Brassard scored his second goal of the game in the second period against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Five of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 9, 2014 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Rebounding Rangers Back Home, Looking To Force Game 7

“When your season is on the line, it’s a given that you’re going to come in with every ounce that you have — mentally and physically — and put it all on the line,” forward Brad Richards said Saturday.

05/10/2014

Dan Girardi #5, Chris Kreider #20 and Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers celebrate with Kevin Klein #8 after Klein's goal in the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Five of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 9, 2014 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. New York defeated Pittsburgh 5-1. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Band Together To Avoid Elimination, Inject Life Into Playoff Charge

In Game 5, the Rangers transformed into a confident, cohesive unit. They put away the bad habits that plagued them 48 hours earlier.

05/10/2014

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes a pad save on a shot from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second period in Game Five of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 9, 2014 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Emotional Rangers Fight And Claw Their Way Back To The Garden

Derick Brassard scored twice, including New York’s first power-play goal in 10 games, and the Rangers assayed alive with a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Friday night.

05/09/2014

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