Rangers' St. Louis to play in Game 5, a day after mother's death

Martin St. Louis warms up with the New York Rangers before NHL action against the Calgary Flames in...

Martin St. Louis warms up with the New York Rangers before NHL action against the Calgary Flames in Calgary, Alta. on Friday March 28, 2014. (Lyle Aspinall/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency)

Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 5:46 PM ET

Martin St. Louis will be in the New York Rangers’ lineup on Friday night for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal.

There had been questions regarding the status of St. Louis, whose mother, France, died on Thursday.

St. Louis immediately travelled from Pittsburgh to Montreal on Thursday upon learning of his mother’s death, but returned on Friday.

“I talked to Marty last night, texted back and forth this morning and he decided to come back and play,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said a couple of hours before game time.

“I think that says a lot about him but it also says a lot about his teammates, that he would want to be here and play tonight. He’s here and we’re going to play.”

It could be that St. Louis provides an emotional boost for the Rangers. They’re in a must-win situation, as the Pittsburgh Penguins lead the best-of-seven series 3-1.

Following a loss in Game 4 in New York on Wednesday, the frustration in the Rangers’ dressing room was clear.

Vigneault was asked whether he advised St. Louis to stay in Montreal, for the basic reason that family outranks hockey.

“My message to him was there are more important things than hockey and you have to do what is right, you have to take care of your dad,” Vigneault said. “They got up this morning and they talked and sorted it out and he is here.”

St. Louis, acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning in March, has been in a playoff slump.

The 38-year-old has not recorded a point in six consecutive games. 


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