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Martin St. Louis thinks of mother after emotional goal: ‘She helped me through this’


With their season on the line, Game 6 was a big night for the New York Rangers. It might have been the most important for Martin St. Louis, however, as he scored a big goal on Mother’s Day not long after she passed away on Thursday.

This was his second game since he lost his mother and it’s clear that it’s been an emotional time for the 38-year-old winger. It also seems pretty clear that the challenging time has provided some inspiration for the veteran forward.

That 1-0 goal seemed to ignite his teammates’ passions:

… And beyond that, it made an already involved crowd that much more pumped up:

The Penguins get that “extra stride” boost back as the series wraps up with a decisive Game 7, but if nothing else, the Rangers showed some serious resilience in fighting back from another late-series deficit.

Report: Ex-NHLer Aaron Ward arrested for assaulting female (Updated)

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Aaron Ward, a 16-year NHL veteran that appeared in over 800 career games, has been arrested for assault on a female, per WNCN.

Ward was arrested on Friday in Cary, North Carolina and also charged with interfering with emergency communication, according to the report.

Currently working as an analyst for TSN, Ward spent five years of his career in Carolina, helping the ‘Canes capture the Stanley Cup in 2006.

Update: Per WRAL, Ward’s wife called 9-1-1 after the two had a confrontation around 1 p.m. ET. Police confirmed Ward was arrested at his home in Cary.

Video: Hextall comments on AHL d-man Pyett, who was diagnosed with sarcoma in leg

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Defenseman Logan Pyett of the Philadelphia Flyers’ AHL affiliate has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and will be out indefinitely.

The team said Friday the 27-year-old Canadian has a sarcoma in his upper leg. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall says the club offers “heartfelt thoughts and prayers.”

Pyett signed a one-year contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms after being at the Flyers’ training camp. He was selected by Detroit in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL entry draft. He signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 2012 and spent two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.