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Rangers' St. Louis after a little bit of luck in Game 6

by Dan Rosen /

WASHINGTON -- Despite not scoring yet in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, New York Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis insists that he's playing with confidence, playing well and generating enough chances to be satisfied with his performance.

"The only help I need is a bounce or two," St. Louis said Sunday.

He's banking on some assistance in that area Sunday in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

"I know she'll be with me today, give me a bounce," St. Louis said of his mother, France, who died from a heart attack on May 8, 2014, at the age of 63.

This is the second straight Mother's Day in which St. Louis is playing in a must-win Game 6 with the Rangers.

He scored the first goal in the Rangers' 4-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the second round last year on Mother's Day, three days after France died. That started him and the Rangers on a hot streak after St. Louis went the previous nine games without a goal.

St. Louis hasn't scored in 13 games, dating to the regular season, but he thinks another hot streak can come if he can get a bounce to go his way Sunday.

Washington leads the best-of-7 series 3-2.

"I'm playing with confidence; it's just not going in right now," St. Louis said. "One goal and sometimes the floodgates open. That's happened to me in the past. I'm just going to keep working for that bounce, and keep trying to produce chances for me and my linemates."

One of his linemates, center Derick Brassard, said the fact St. Louis is generating scoring chances is a positive sign. St. Louis had a chance to deliver the Rangers a 1-0 lead at 4:59 of the first period Friday in Game 5, but after getting the puck at the right post, he shot it directly into goalie Braden Holtby's left pad. St. Louis said he didn't see the puck until it was on his stick.

St. Louis had four shots on goal in Game 5 and has 19 shots in the past six games.

"One thing about that guy is he's trying to get better every day," Brassard said. "He wants to make a difference. He's not OK about not scoring right now. But I think his play, the way he's competing, the way he's creating his scoring chances, it's really a positive sign for our team."

St. Louis said he isn't allowing himself to be overcome with frustration because he analyzes his game by how he's playing, not how much he's producing.

"I'm playing some good hockey right now," St. Louis said. "I'm not getting rewarded like I want, but that's life. Life is tough on you sometimes and you have to stick with it, keep working, and eventually it gets better. I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing and it will get better."

A little help from above couldn't hurt though.

"The easiest thing to do is feel sorry for yourself and quit," St. Louis said. "I've never done that."

Here are the projected lineups:


Rick Nash - Derick Brassard - Martin St. Louis

Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Jesper Fast

Carl Hagelin - Dominic Moore - Kevin Hayes

Tanner Glass - James Sheppard - J.T. Miller

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi

Marc Staal - Dan Boyle

Keith Yandle - Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Chris Summers, Ryan Bourque, Matt Hunwick

Injured: Mats Zuccarello (upper body)


Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Joel Ward

Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Jason Chimera

Andre Burakovsky - Jay Beagle - Troy Brouwer

Curtis Glencross - Brooks Laich - Tom Wilson

Brooks Orpik - John Carlson

Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen

Tim Gleason - Mike Green

Braden Holtby

Justin Peters

Scratched: Michael Latta

Injured: Eric Fehr (upper body), John Erskine (neck), Dmitry Orlov (wrist)

Status report: Zuccarello is with the Rangers in Washington but remains out indefinitely. He hasn't played since Game 5 of the first round against the Penguins, when he was hit in the head by McDonagh's slap shot late in the first period. … The Rangers showed the same lines in the morning skate that they have used the previous two games. … Lundqvist is 12-3 with a 1.33 goals-against average, .957 save percentage and two shutouts in New York's past 15 games when facing elimination.

Who's hot: Stepan had the primary assist on both goals in Game 5 and is tied with Brassard for the Rangers lead with six points in the playoffs. … Kreider and Brassard are the only Rangers with more than one goal in the series; each has two.


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