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Senators' Jean-Gabriel Pageau's fourth goal is overtime victor

May 25 2017, 08:48 | Van Peters

Senators' Jean-Gabriel Pageau's fourth goal is overtime victor

Ottawa Senators center Jean Gabriel Pageau celebrates his goal with defenseman Ben Harpur during the first period in Game 2 against the New York Rangers in the second-round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday

The teams will meet Saturday at Canadian Tire Centre in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series.

The 24-year-old Ottawa native also scored twice in the final 3:19 to tie the score. "(Saturday) we got lucky in that we were able to find a way, but we can't spot them those leads because when you're chasing a game it's going to eventually catch up to you.

There's no doubt that the second game in Ottawa was different than the first game.

"Breaking my phone was good because I could turn the page pretty quick not getting messages from friends", Pageau said with smile. For the Senators, that meant focusing on their transition play.

The second clue came at this morning's "extras skate."

If it weren't for Pageau's exploits in Game 2, the Ottawa Senators would likely have been heading to NY tied at a game apiece in their second-round playoff series with the Rangers.

Then, with about a minute until the final horn, the pride of Gatineau redirected another shot - this time off the stick of Kyle Turris - into the Rangers' net. He took a hit from New York's Ryan McDonagh late in the first, tried to start the second period but left and didn't return for the third.

With two days between games, NY had Sunday off to rest and regroup following the loss before returning to the ice.

Best individual performance: Ottawa's Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Pageau had 12 goals in 82 games during the regular season. But we can dream for a second and think about going to a round that they haven't been to in a decade. You just never know.

But Skjei restored the two-goal lead with a harmless looking shot from the point on which Anderson appeared to be screened at 15:51 of the period.

Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher has been playing the underdog card since before the New York Rangers came to town for Game 1 of their Eastern Conference second-round series.

Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson stopped 43 of 48 shots, including 13 in a frenzied second period and an additional 11 in the overtimes, while Lundqvist made 28 saves on 34 shots. The puck sailed right between the pads of Anderson, who raised his arms in frustration after not having seen it.

Karlsson, who's been excelling this spring despite two hairline fractures in his left foot, briefly went to the Ottawa dressing room in apparent discomfort during the middle frame. When you ask players who they want to play with, the No. 1 name that always comes is Pageau's. On the Senators' next power play, with seven minutes remaining in the second, they gave up yet another short-handed goal, this time to Derek Stepan. He missed almost two years with post-concussion syndrome but Boucher said the ailment was "something he was had in the last game" and indicated it wasn't serious.

Boucher said it was not a head injury and he is now listed as day-to-day. He still logged more than 37 minutes, notched an assist and fired eight attempts on goal. He also scored a hat trick against the Canadiens in a 2013 first-round series, and now owns two of the three playoff hat tricks in franchise history.

While we can look ahead to what might be, the Senators themselves need to take it the proverbial one game at a time and while they have a 2-0 lead it could easily have been 2-0 the other way. The goal by Senators D Marc Methot was his first since March 19, 2016.

Grubauer didn't fare much better, allowing two goals on nine shots. Staal and Holden spent the majority of their Game 2 shifts struggling to escape the defensive zone. I think this game proves to be another goalie battle, with the Rangers finally holding onto a lead and taking their first win of the series.



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