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New York Rangers coaches, players join Martin St. Louis for his mother's funeral

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LAVAL, Que. - New York Rangers coaches and players joined star forward Martin St. Louis at his mother's funeral today north of Montreal.

St. Louis' former Tampa Bay Lightning teammate Steven Stamkos and Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur also attended.

His mother died suddenly three days before Mother's Day in the middle of the Rangers' series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

St. Louis didn't miss a game and provided a lift to his teammates as they battled back from a 3-1 deficit to win the series.

The Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 7-2 on Saturday in the first game of the Eastern Conference final.

A handful of hockey fans watched as the Rangers players dismounted from the team bus and entered the Laval funeral home.

Game 2 of the series is Monday in Montreal.

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