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France St. Louis continues to be a guiding beacon for her son's New York Rangers.
With his team facing elimination in Game 5 of its second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Martin St. Louis returned to his New York Rangers just one day after learning of his mother's passing, pouring out his heart on and off the ice as the Rangers rebounded to win their series.
St. Louis has played well and has also become New York's inspirational leader, earning the respect of teammates and fans as he thrives on the support he's receiving during one of life's most difficult situations.
The Rangers travel to Montreal this weekend to begin their Eastern Conference Final against the Canadiens. As a team, the Rangers will use their day off after Game 1 to attend France St. Louis' funeral on Sunday, according to Tal Pinchevsky of NHL.com.
As France's spirit continues to inspire, the funeral will be another bonding experience for a New York team whose playoff resurgence has been fueled by emotion.
All stats courtesy of NHL.com, current through games Wednesday, May 14. Contract information from CapGeek.com.