Martin St. Louis finally scored a goal for the New York Rangers. It sealed a 3-1 victory at Vancouver and offered a glimmer of hope for the playoffs ahead.
“It’s always nice to score goals, especially in a winning way,” St. Louis told reporters. “I guess the first one is the toughest one to get.”
Apparently so, because St. Louis produced just one goal and three assists in his first 17 games as a Ranger. No coincidentally, center Brad Richards scored just two goals and added just three assists during that same span.
The St. Louis slump extends back to his unhappy end in Tampa Bay, where he failed to cope with his initial Olympic snub from Lightning (and Team Canada) general manager Steve Yzerman. St. Louis has just three goals in his last 32 games.
Will he wake up in time for the playoffs? Or will he damage his twilight-year earning power with one of the all-time great statistical fades?