According to CBC Sports, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Martin St. Louis scored one of his most emotional goals of his National Hockey League career on Sunday. While playing for the New York Rangers, St. Louis opened the scoring on Mother's Day as the Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 to tie their Metropolitan Division Final at three games apiece.
St. Louis's goal was emotional because his mother France passed away late last week. However, St. Louis, who won the gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, decided to play game five on Friday and game six on Sunday. St. Louis's presence has seemed to spark the Rangers.
The Rangers dominated the last two games of the series including a game five victory on Friday by a score of 5-1. St. Louis did not register a point in the fifth game, but the 38 year old veteran who can play both left and right wing at a very high level, provided strong leadership for a Rangers team looking to win their first Stanley Cup since 1994.
St. Louis now has three goals and four assists for seven points in 13 playoff games. The native of Laval, Quebec had his father and sister in the stands at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, when he was in the right place at the right time at 3:34 of the first period. Derek Stepan and Anton Stralman registered assists on St. Louis's goal. With the win, the Rangers force a game seven Tuesday evening in Pittsburgh.
Meanwhile in the Central Division Final, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jonathan Toews of Winnipeg, Manitoba scored the game winning goal as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-1.
Toews, who won the gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, scored from Marian Hossa and Canadian Olympic gold medalist Patrick Sharp of Winnipeg, Manitoba at 4:33 of the third period. With the win, the Blackhawks now lead the series 3-2.