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Rangers will attend St. Louis' mother's funeral Sunday

Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 2:45 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer / Canadiens-Rangers series blog

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Rangers will attend St. Louis' mother's funeral Sunday

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The New York Rangers will attend the funeral of France St. Louis on Sunday in Montreal, the day after opening the Eastern Conference Final against the Montreal Canadiens in the city.

St. Louis, the mother of Rangers forward Martin St. Louis, died of a heart attack last week at age 63. The forward learned of the news when the Rangers arrived in Pittsburgh the day before Game 5 of the second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins and immediately flew to Montreal to be with his family. He rejoined the Rangers the next day and played in Game 5. With his father, Normand, and sister, Isabelle, in attendance, St. Louis scored the first goal in New York's 3-1 Game 6 win at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

"Marty's [mother's] funeral was supposed to be Saturday. We couldn't move the time of the game, so Marty being who he is was able to move the funeral to Sunday," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "So Sunday, as a team, we'll be able to attend his mother's funeral."

New York has rallied around St. Louis since his mother's death, with a number of players acknowledging that her untimely passing gave everyone in the Rangers locker room a new appreciation for things having little to do with hockey.

"Him showing up and coming back for us was a real inspiration," forward Brad Richards said. "I hate talking about it because he lost his mom. We'd rather have her back and not rallied around that. It deserves to be talked about it, but at the same time it's still a tough time for their family."

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You know what? We've played in some pretty special buildings along this playoff run so far. You start in Detroit, you go to Montreal, you come here … I think it's the first team to beat three Original Six teams to get to the Final if I'm not mistaken. That says how tough the road has been. Those are tough places to win.

— Lightning forward Steven Stamkos after Game 7 win vs. Rangers on Friday in New York