Rangers' St. Louis hopes to turn it on again in playoffs

Rangers winger Martin St. Louis scored just one goal after being acquired at the NHL trade...

Rangers winger Martin St. Louis scored just one goal after being acquired at the NHL trade deadline. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:54 PM ET

NEW YORK - Martin St. Louis is no stranger to being on the receiving end of harsh words from the critics.

A proud individual with a lasting memory, the ability to go out and prove the doubters wrong is what helped him transform from undrafted free agent to surefire Hall of Famer.

That same drive and determination to succeed should be on display as St. Louis gets ready to take centre stage for the New York Rangers as they open the Stanley Cup playoffs on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden against the Philadelphia Flyers.

St. Louis, 38, knew what was expected of him when he was acquired by the Rangers in a rare trade of captains that sent Ryan Callahan to the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 5. The veteran winger sounds as surprised as anyone that the offensive contributions haven’t been larger to date.

“I’m guilty of that, too. You want success,” said St. Louis. “There’s times you don’t have success and there’s times when it looks like you’re failing."


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