Jean-Gabriel Pageau had himself a performance for the ages in Game 2 against the New York Rangers on Saturday.
Pageau completed the hat trick to tie the game late in the third period, forcing overtime as Ottawa roared back from a late two-goal deficit. But he wasn’t done there. His best moment was still to come.
His fourth goal of the game was the winner, as he ripped a wrist shot over the left shoulder of Henrik Lundqvist to give Ottawa a thrilling 6-5 double overtime victory.
The Senators now take a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Rangers, as it shifts back to Madison Square Garden.
On the deciding two-on-one rush, Pageau opted to keep his hot streak going, taking the shot instead of going for the pass.
For the Rangers, this could be a devastating loss.
Three times, they held a two-goal lead — thanks in part to a pair of goals from defenseman Brady Skjei, who is following up a strong regular season with what has so far been a very good post-season. The Senators, however, refused to go away.
Pageau recorded a pair of late goals in the third period, just 2:17 apart, erasing for good any lead New York had.
It was, until that point, shaping up to be a disappointing result for the Senators. Their power play not only went 0-for-4, but they conceded a pair of shorthanded goals.
Senators forward Clarke MacArthur left this game early in the second period, after taking a hit from Ryan McDonagh in the first period. He didn’t return. MacArthur has dealt with concussion problems in his career, however the club didn’t disclose any details of the apparent injury during the game.