The stage is set for Martin St. Louis to fulfill dreams in Game 7

Marty St. Louis (Getty)

Marty St. Louis (Getty)

If you could pick one Ranger to step up and finally make a statement in these playoffs, one stands out. Martin St. Louis has only 1 goal in the post-season on his stat sheet. Through 18 games he has just 7 points, a plus/minus rating of -1 and 31 shots on goal. 

Yet, if I’m the Tampa Bay Lightning I’d be deathly afraid of #26 tonight.

MSL OT winner (Photo: Brad Penner/USATSI)

MSL OT winner (Photo: Brad Penner/USATSI)

While he is not performing well so far, he has in his back pocket 42 goals and 90 points in 106 playoff games. At any moment, it may all just click for Marty, even if it is just for one more night.

St. Louis is a clutch perfromer and is not fazed by a grand stage. Last year, he scored 8 goals during the Rangers run to the Cup Final. No one will forget his opening goal on Mother’s Day against the Penguins that helped NY even that series and eventually win.

When it comes to high pressure situations, his OT top cheese snipe on Dustin Tokarski in game 4 gave the NYR a stranglehold on the ECF. MSL also scored the only game winning goal the Rangers got in the Stanley Cup Final.

So tonight, against a franchise he helped build with a Stanley Cup in 2004 he has a chance to shine. With one goal, he could propel his current team to a consecutive Stanley Cup Final appearance. With just one more great performance, he could erase his a miserable post-season and give himself a chance to fulfill a dream.

A dream of having his sons see him win a Stanley Cup. In turn, he will also fulfill the dreams of other sons and daughters. Since the moment the Rangers were eliminated last year, every Rangers player and fan has been dreaming of a Stanley Cup.

Tonight will be Marty St. Louis’ best game of the playoffs. Tonight he will rise to the occasion and keep everyone’s dreams alive.

Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

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