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Jean-Gabriel Pageau sparks Senators to win against Rangers in Game 2

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by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com
PAGEAU'S FOUR-GOAL GAME HIGHLIGHTS SENATORS COMEBACK

Jean-Gabriel Pageau completed a hat trick with two goals in the final 3:19 of the third period and then scored his fourth goal of the game at 2:54 of the second overtime to complete a multi-goal comeback and give the Ottawa Senators a 2-0 series lead for the second time in their history (also 2007 CF vs. BUF).

* Per Elias, Pageau is the second player in NHL history to cap a four-goal game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with an overtime winner; Joffrey Lupul (4-0-4) accomplished the feat for Anaheim on May 9, 2006 in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Johan Franzen was the last player to score four times in a playoff game (4-2-6 on May 6, 2010 vs. SJS w/ DET).

* Pageau, an Ottawa native, had the second playoff hat trick of his NHL career (also May 5, 2013 vs. MTL). He is the first player in Senators history to score four goals in a playoff game and joins Daniel Alfredsson as the only Ottawa players to earn multiple hat tricks in the postseason.

* Ottawa became the first team to overcome a two-goal deficit in the final five minutes of the third period and win a postseason game since the Anaheim Ducks on April 27, 2014, when Nick Bonino and Devante Smith-Pelly scored in the final 2:10 of the third period before Bonino scored the game-winner in overtime (Game 7 of FR, 5-4 W at DAL).

* The Senators improved to 3-0 in playoff overtime games against the New York Rangers, including two wins in their previous meeting in the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Video: NYR@OTT, Gm2: Pageau discusses scoring four goals

 

SATURDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
OTTAWA 6, NY Rangers 5 (2OT) -- OTT leads 2-0
Pittsburgh 6, WASHINGTON 2 -- PIT leads 2-0

 

DID YOU KNOW?

The Rangers and Senators skated in the 19th overtime game of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (50 GP). The 2016 postseason saw 20 games extend past regulation (91 GP). Ottawa's comeback also marked the 20th time in the 2017 playoffs that a team rallied to win and the 10th game in which a team came back to win when trailing by multiple goals.

 

OFFENSIVE OUTBURST POWERS PENGUINS TO 2-0 SERIES LEAD

Five different Pittsburgh Penguins had multi-point games, led by three points each from Jake Guentzel (2-1-3) and Phil Kessel (2-1-3), to propel them to a 2-0 series lead against the Washington Capitals.

* Guentzel -- who scored his League-leading sixth and seventh goals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs -- surpassed Bryan Rust (6 G in 23 GP in 2016) for most goals by a Penguins rookie in a single postseason. He also moved into a tie with Michel Briere as the only rookies in Penguins history to score three game-winning goals in the playoffs.

* Per Elias, Guentzel became the third player since 1943-44 to score at least seven goals in his first seven playoff games, joining Maurice Richard (10 in 1943-44) and Dino Ciccarelli (7 in 1980-81).

* Sidney Crosby (1-1-2), who has at least one point in each of his past six games (4-7-11), had his 52nd multi-point game in the playoffs (all w/ PIT) to pass Mario Lemieux for the most in Penguins history.

* Crosby (53-95-148 in 131 GP) surpassed Jaromir Jagr (65-82-147 in 140 GP) for sole possession of second on the Penguins all-time playoff points list, behind Lemieux (76-96-172 in 107 GP).

* Four Penguins sit atop the playoff scoring race, with Evgeni Malkin (3-10-13), who had multiple points for the fifth time in seven games, Kessel (4-7-11), Crosby (4-7-11) and Guentzel (7-3-10) occupying the top four spots, respectively.

Video: Kessel's pair leads Pens past Caps in Game 2, 6-2

 

WHEN TEAMS TAKE A 2-0 SERIES LEAD…

Per Elias, teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven series own an all-time series record of 309-48 (86.6%), while teams that do so on the road own an all-time record of 69-18 (79.3%).

 

DEVILS WIN LOTTERY, EARN FIRST SELECTION IN 2017 NHL DRAFT

The New Jersey Devils (who moved up from No. 5), Philadelphia Flyers (who moved up from No. 13) and Dallas Stars (who moved up from No. 8) own the first, second and third picks, respectively, for the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft as a result of the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery Drawing in Toronto. The expansion Vegas Golden Knights, who begin play in the 2017-18 season, will select sixth.

The order of selection for the first 15 drafting positions in the First Round of the 2017 NHL Draft is as follows:

1. New Jersey Devils
2. Philadelphia Flyers
3. Dallas Stars
4. Colorado Avalanche
5. Vancouver Canucks
6. Vegas Golden Knights
7. Arizona Coyotes
8. Buffalo Sabres
9. Detroit Red Wings
10. Florida Panthers
11. Los Angeles Kings
12. Carolina Hurricanes
13. Winnipeg Jets
14. Tampa Bay Lightning
15. New York Islanders

The remaining positions are determined by the results of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Video: Devils, Flyers, Stars earn top three picks in lottery

 

LOOSE PUCKS 

Michael Grabner and Derek Stepan each scored shorthanded goals, marking the first time the Rangers have scored twice shorthanded in a playoff game since Brian Leetch and Darren Turcotte did so on May 1, 1992 (Game 7 of the DSF vs. NJD) . . . Brady Skjei (2-0-2) earned the first multi-goal game of his NHL career (regular season and playoffs; 100 GP), becoming the first Rangers rookie defenseman to score two goals in a game since Brian Leetch in 1989 (DSF vs. PIT) . . . Nicklas Backstrom picked up his 57th postseason assist to tie Dale Hunter for the most in Capitals history . . . The Rostraver Ice Garden in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania was named the winner of Kraft Hockeyville USA 2017.

 

SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY'S ACTION

All Times Eastern
St. Louis @ Nashville, series tied 1-1, 3 p.m., CBC, TVA Sports, NBC
Anaheim @ Edmonton, EDM leads 2-0, 7 p.m., CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN

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