Martin St. Louis
There goes home-ice advantage. Now the Blueshirts will need to steal a game from the Flyers as their best-of-seven playoff series heads to Philadelphia tied at one game apiece.
It doesn’t matter if these longtime rivals are in the Patrick, Atlantic, or newly formed Metropolitan Division, when New York and Philadelphia clash, it is every bit of a backyard brawl.
This time, the Rangers are not burdened by an overbearing coach who specialized in wearing down his players instead of building them up.
Rangers forward Martin St. Louis is finally comfortable at MSG, just in time for his introduction to one of the fiercest rivalries in the NHL.
He probably won’t win the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy again, nor will he “freight train” opponents for the entirety of 60 minutes — but there’s no doubting the unmistakable game-changing value that Rick Nash brings to the Rangers.
The big fear among the Rangers’ fan base is whether the Blueshirts are built to handle the possibility of essential defenseman Ryan McDonagh and emerging winger Chris Kreider missing the start of the playoffs. As I see it, have no fear.
St. Louis finally got his much-awaited goal, and the relief is palpable. A good team has found its stride, and there may be many more reasons to celebrate from this point forward.
Martin St. Louis scored his first goal with the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves Tuesday and New York defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-1.
The “Fire Sather” chants that were once commonplace have gone all but silent in recent years. Perhaps, Rangers fans are finally realizing that his successes far outweigh his blunders.
Sunday’s deflating 1-0 defeat to San Jose might lead Rangers fans to the conclusion that their team is teetering on the edge of a cliff. It’s understandable why some fans are fearing the worst. But the glass is still half full.
Alain Vigneault has admitted that Martin St. Louis is pressing. Not to worry. Once St. Louis gets comfortable, he will ignite the Rangers’ attack.
Speaking to WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Wednesday, Ryan Callahan said the hang-up between his agents and Rangers general manager Glen Sather seemed to hinge on just a few million dollars.
As the Rangers prepare for their second game following the Martin St. Louis-Ryan Callahan megatrade, head coach Alain Vigneault wants his team to quickly move past any lingering side effects.
It was a move the Rangers had to make. Hockey royalty has arrived at Madison Square Garden in the form of ageless 38-year-old winger Martin St. Louis.
Tyler Bozak scored on a penalty shot and then got the winning goal 1:51 into overtime to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday night, spoiling the New York debut of Martin St. Louis.