If you thought Friday night was emotional, just wait until the puck drops at 7pm.
Tonight, Martin St. Louis will attempt to help his team again stave off elimination, while still mourning the death of his mother with his father and sister among what will likely be a raucous Mother’s Day MSG crowd. Sounds like something out of a movie.
Now it’s up to his teammates to continue to rally around the tragic event and give St. Louis the Hollywood ending he and his family deserve.
Here’s Alain Vigneault on the atmosphere he expects tonight (via Bergen Record)…
“Obviously, it’s going to be a very emotional night again for our group, it being mother’s day and the situation Marty is going through right now,” Vigneault said yesterday. “Marty flew home last night to Montreal after the game to pick up his father and his sister. He’s bringing them both to the game tomorrow and, hopefully, that will bring us some positive energy.
“I do know it’s going to be emotional night without a doubt for our group again. But, through adversity and through some of these moments, we’ve been able to focus in the right areas and I think that’s what we did last night. We focused in the right areas and applied the game plan that we wanted to apply. Right now, if our intentions are on continuing to play this year, we have to win tomorrow.”
Brad Richards thinks the team will again use the heart wrenching situation as motivation…
“We’ll use the different (motivations). (It was) Marty last night. It’s Mother’s Day tomorrow. We’ll try to use that to get even more emotion and go out there and try and get a big win.”
…while a team should never need anything other than the chance to hoist the greatest trophy in all of professional sports to motivate them in the postseason, as long as they have that emotional edge, I couldn’t care less where it comes from.
…libraries have had higher decibel levels than MSG this postseason, but tonight I expect the Garden Faithful to be in an absolute frenzy to start the game. No booing, other than for Crosby, tonight. It’ll then be up to the team to feed off the passion and energy of the crowd to absolutely blitz the Penguins from the opening whistle in the same manner they did in Game 5.
…and they’re going to need every ounce of it as I fully expect the Penguins to come out and prove their performance in Game 5 was a fluke. If the Rangers effort slips even a little from Friday night they’ll be booking tee times tomorrow morning.