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St. Louis says reaching finals "makes everything right"

Marty St. Louis celebrates with Rangers and former Lightning teammate Brad Richards after scoring the winning goal in overtime of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final.

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Marty St. Louis celebrates with Rangers and former Lightning teammate Brad Richards after scoring the winning goal in overtime of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final.

Marty and Brad are going back.

Back to the Stanley Cup Finals, that is, as former Lightning stars Marty St. Louis and Brad Richards led the Rangers to a 1-0 victory over the Canadiens in Game 6 Thursday night, making them Eastern Conference champions. Fittingly, it was another ex-Lightning forward, Dominic Moore, who scored the only goal.

It's the first time either St. Louis or Richards have made the finals since Tampa Bay won the Stanley Cup in 2004, and fittingly the 10-year anniversary is next weekend. St. Louis, 38, who drew criticism for requesting a trade to New York, and dealt with the unexpected loss of his mother, France, three weeks ago, took time to reflect Thursday night.

"This is the reason why I came here," St. Louis said outside the team's dressing room. " This is what I thought about when I came here. I thought that this group had the key element for this kind of experience, I thought I could add something, and it's tough to leave a team that you’ve been there for 13, 14 years, but it makes everything right, right now."

[Last modified: Friday, May 30, 2014 12:53pm]

    

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