St. Louis, 38, knew what was expected of him when he was acquired by the Rangers in a rare trade of captains that sent Ryan Callahan to the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 5. The veteran winger sounds as surprised as anyone that the offensive contributions haven been larger to date.
Martin St. Louis is no stranger to being on the receiving end of harsh words from the critics.
are great memories for me and, as you go through, I probably going to see some similarities and everything, but at the end of the day, this is different.
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felt really good toward the end of the year, I was getting breakaways and scoring chances and creating a lot, said St. Louis. Prada Backpack Sale
not that because you had success before that you going to have success (again). You got to go earn it every day. transition itself certainly wasn an easy one for a guy who was forced to find his way in an unfamiliar dressing room after asking Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman for a trade.
tough times make you appreciate the good times and, for me, I failed a bunch of times. But I been successful many times, too. took St. Louis 15 games to score his first and only goal with his new club and he finished the regular season with eight points in 19 games with the Broadway Blueshirts, not exactly typical production for Prada Backpack For Sale a guy who won the Art Ross Trophy last spring and frequently averages around a point per game.
are a different animal and I aware of that, obviously, said St. Louis. go through the playoffs and come out on top, you have a feel for what it takes. You talking about an experience from 10 years ago. Those Prada Bag Blue
game going and I feel comfortable here.
guilty of that, too. You want success, said St. Louis. times you don have success and there times when it looks like you failing. Obviously, at the time this was happening, people were looking to me to get results.
There have been signs that St. Louis is settling in with his new team, as he chipped in four assists during the final two games.
A proud individual with a lasting memory, the ability to go out and prove the doubters wrong is what helped him transform from undrafted free agent to surefire Hall of Famer.
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a great bunch of guys and they welcomed me really well. It about earning respect from your teammates. Respect is not just given you earn respect and I think I did that in Tampa. Now I going to try to build that here.
That same drive and determination to succeed should be on display as St. Louis gets ready to take centre stage for the New York Rangers as they open the Stanley Cup playoffs on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden against the Philadelphia Flyers.
knew it was going to be hard, said St. Louis. been somewhere for 13, 14 years and you come in and in one place, everybody knew me and I knew everybody. You come to a place (where) I think people know of me, they don know me and that takes time.
not about me putting up some numbers. It about this team going to the next round. That what my focus is on. I just try to play the game like everybody else and I like to be successful along the way, but the most important thing here is winning games. This is playoff time. This is where you get judged and I excited about that. Louis is no stranger to rising to the occasion come the playoffs, with 33 goals and 68 points in 63 games including nine goals and 24 points back in 2004 when he led the Lightning to the Stanley Cup.
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