Rossi: Latest on St. Louis and Orpik

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It’s a hockey night in Pittsburgh (credit: Mike Lange), but a thought on this Friday for Rangers winger Martin St. Louis.

His mother, France, died unexpectedly on Thursday – casting doubt as to if he will play in a possible elimination Game 5 against the Penguins.

Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News has the story: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/blueshirts-thin-ice-entering-game-5-article-1.1785426

Thoughts and prayers with the St. Louis family; a loss like this is never easy, that it happened a few days before Mother’s Day cannot make it any easier.

Life – specifically, the families we are born into then build – is bigger than hockey, work, everything. Everybody, myself included, loses sight of that far too often.

 

>> Defenseman Brooks Orpik did NOT participate in the morning-skate practice on Friday. He did not finish Game 4 on Wednesday night after returning from a five-game absence.

 

>> The Rangers are not practicing at Consol Energy Center on Friday morning.

 

>> Josh Yohe reports on the Best Year Ever for Jussi Jokinen: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/6078169-74/jokinen-game-goal#axzz31EFtiGqC

 

>> The Insider examines why the Penguins now look like a club establishing an identity: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/6063756-74/penguins-rossi-rob#axzz31EFtiGqC

 

>> The Penguins want to wrap this series now, as Jason Mackey reports in his notes from Thursday: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/6078177-74/game-bylsma-penguins#axzz31EFtiGqC

 

>> Contributor Denis Gorman looks at the struggles of Rick Nash that personify those of the Rangers: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/6078268-74/nash-rangers-team#axzz31EFtiGqC

 

>> A special treat from one of the Trib’s most gifted scribes, Chris Togneri, on a local tailor to the stars (hockey players included): http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/6073734-74/jersey-pro-feeney#axzz31EFtiGqC

 

Be EXCELLENT to each other – (and call your parents, if you can),

Rossi

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