OTTAWA, Ontario – Jean-Gabriel Pageau might not have seen the goal that capped his 'legendary game' for the Ottawa Senators.
Pageau scored a career-high four goals, including the winner 2:54 into the second overtime to lift the Senators to a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday, giving Ottawa a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
"I think I closed my eyes when I shot and thankfully it went in," Pageau said of the winner. "I was on a cloud and it's a moment I'll never forget."
The Ottawa native also scored twice in the final 3:19 to tie the score. He tipped Zack Smith's shot past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist to pull the Senators to 5-4 and then tied it by deflecting a shot by Kyle Turris with 1:02 remaining.
"That last deflection I don't even know how he did that," Lundqvist said. "The way he angled the stick he didn't even know he hit the net I think."
Pageau scored again 2:54 into the second OT, snapping in a shot during a 2-on-1 rush alongside Tommy Wingels. Pageau is the first Senator ever with four goals in a playoff game.
"I thought his quota was full," captain Erik Karlsson said when asked if Pageau was his pick for the double OT winner.
Lakeville native and former Gophers defenseman Brady Skjei had two goals for New York, his second putting the Rangers up two 5:10 into the third period.
Michael Grabner, Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan also scored. Lundqvist stopped 28 shots.
The Senators have a 2-0 series lead for only the second time in franchise history and first since the 2007 Eastern Conference final against Buffalo. They never have swept a four-game series.
"We played well enough to win this game, there's no question about it, so it's really tough to lose this one," Lundqvist said. "Clearly they've gotten the bounces in the first two games. We've just got to go home and regroup."