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from Cathal Kelly of the Globe and Mail,
From a distance, this looked like a stunt. A sort of ghoulish team-building field trip.
That’s not what it seemed like from close up. It looked like every proper send-off – banal in its generalities and gut wrenching in its particulars.
Hours later, after what remains of France St. Louis had been carried the hundred yards from her farewell gathering to her grave, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault was still in danger of weeping while addressing the press.
Q. Guy, I know you like to talk about a team game and that everybody contributes, but in a game where Sean Bergenheim wasn’t there, you got such contributions from Marty, Vinny and Stamkos, I was just curious what kind of responsibility they put on themselves in this game and how they came through it.
COACH GUY BOUCHER: I was expecting a big game from those guys, but I disagreed that they didn’t have big games in the last games. Looking at the scoreboard, there’s more to the game than just scoring goals and having points. They had very good games before. It just wasn’t going in for some of them, and for some other guys it was going in.
So for me, they just get the result of their previous games’ hard work. So I don’t think it’s an on and off switch. It’s something that you build every game, and they got what they deserved.
Q. You said after last game, if only you could solve the enigma that is Tim Thomas. After tonight, would you say you’ve solved that or most of it?