NEW YORK, New York- If everything went perfectly, who would you want to score the New York Rangers' first goal on Mother's Day in Martin St. Louis' first home game since his mother died?
St. Louis did exactly that Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins with his father and sister in the stands at Madison Square Garden.
It wasn't the prettiest goal for St. Louis, who scored for the first time since April 22. Derek Stepan's shot was stopped by Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury and the rebound bounced in off St. Louis' leg.
But it did give the Rangers another emotional lift, just as they got when St. Louis suited up for Game 5 on Friday in Pittsburgh, a day after his mother, France, died unexpectedly at age 63.
The Rangers won 3-1 on Sunday to force a Game 7 on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.
"It's been a tough time for my whole family," St. Louis said after Game 6. "To be able to get the lead in the first period, yeah, it was a good moment."