Rossi: Latest on St. Louis and Orpik


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:

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:


>> The Insider examines why the Penguins now look like a club establishing an identity:


>> The Penguins want to wrap this series now, as Jason Mackey reports in his notes from Thursday:


>> Contributor Denis Gorman looks at the struggles of Rick Nash that personify those of the Rangers:


>> A special treat from one of the Trib’s most gifted scribes, Chris Togneri, on a local tailor to the stars (hockey players included):


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