- Associated Press - Saturday, May 10, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Martin St. Louis has only been in New York a few months.

Still, the Rangers’ locker room feels like home, a sanctuary the veteran forward needed while trying to deal with one of the worst days of his life.

Only hours removed from sitting with his family in Montreal trying to come to grips with the death of his mother, St. Louis was in Pittsburgh with his teammates for an emotional 5-1 victory in Game 5 that extended New York’s season and served as a fitting tribute to someone St. Louis called “the best human being I ever met.”

“She was with me the whole way,” St. Louis said.

St. Louis and his father talked about whether he should just stay in Canada to mourn. They both knew what France St. Louis would have said.

“I owed it to her to do it,” St. Louis said. “I know she would have wanted me to play. I was a tough day for everyone, but we’ve got to keep pushing.”

Now it’s on to Game 6 - Mother’s Day - for a series that suddenly looks competitive now that the Rangers have apparently solved their woes with the man advantage.

Derick Brassard scored twice, Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Klein added their first goals of the postseason for New York and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots.

St. Louis had one shot in 16:19 of ice time, all of it with his mother in his thoughts.

“She was with me the whole way, but this is probably the most comfortable place you can be as a hockey player,” he said.

The Rangers certainly looked at ease while the Penguins failed to win a close-out game for the sixth time in their last seven chances on home ice. Evgeni Malkin had his third goal of the series for Pittsburgh and Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves but lacked the crispness that allowed the Penguins to sweep Games 3 and 4 in New York.

“I don’t think there’s much good to take from it to be honest with you,” Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby said. “So I think we have to make sure we come with the right mindset going to New York. Whatever mindset we were tonight it wasn’t enough.”

While Penguins coach Dan Bylsma stressed the importance of putting the Rangers away, the fire he was looking for from his bench came from the guys in white sweaters a couple stalls over.

Pittsburgh committed a pair of sloppy penalties the Rangers finally turned into goals and couldn’t convert a lengthy 5-on-3 power play late in the second period as it tried to climb out of a three-goal deficit.

“At the start I think we played like a team that looked like we had an automatic bid to the next round,” Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi said. “When it’s 2-0 right off the bat and you’re playing from behind it’s not easy.”

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