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Round 2

Jean-Gabriel Pageau of Senators not fazed by newfound celebrity

Ottawa center focused on Rangers, Game 4 after four-goal performance

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Center Jean-Gabriel Pageau said the best thing that happened to him prior to becoming the first Ottawa Senators player to score four goals in a Stanley Cup Playoff game Saturday was dropping and breaking his cell phone.

Pageau, who scored his fourth goal 2:54 into the second overtime for a 6-5 win in Game 2 against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Second Round at Ottawa, is the sixth NHL player to score four in a playoff game since the Senators re-joined the League in 1992.

"Breaking my phone was good so I could turn the page pretty quick; not getting messages from friends," he said Monday following practice at Madison Square Garden. "I was even more happy that we won the game. I think you score goals, and if we would have lost the game, it would have changed everything."

The Senators lead the best-of-7 series 2-0. Game 3 is at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Pageau said the first thing on his to-do list after practice Monday was to buy a new phone.

"Tough luck," Pageau said. "I had a lot of messages I couldn't answer. Hopefully they'll reach me on social media or something."

Pageau's celebrity status has grown since Saturday. The Wellington Diner in Ottawa unveiled the 'Pageau 4444' breakfast on Sunday that includes four eggs, four sausages, four slices of bacon, four pieces of ham, home fries, two slices of toast and a single French toast for $14.99.

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"Oh, I saw it," he said. "It's a little too big. I don't think I can eat all that. It's pretty cool they did it. I thought it would be $4.44 but I also like the fact they offer the 'Mike Hoffman Bardown Benny' and the 'Chris Wideman Shooter Hash' at breakfast, too."

Pageau, 24, is hoping for a solid encore performance in Game 3. Nothing he has done this season surprises Senators coach Guy Boucher. He scored 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists) in 82 regular-season games this season after setting career highs with 43 points, 19 goals and 24 assists) in 82 games in 2015-16.

"He's the perfect soldier, a do-it-all-guy and jack of all trades," Boucher said. "He played more of an offensive role last year but this year our group needed to defend and he's been at the forefront of that. We needed him to take on the top players from the opposing team all year long and he's done that while on our No. 1 penalty-killing unit.

"I'd be stupid to say that I'm not surprised with four goals because nobody's expecting anybody to score four goals in the playoffs on any team. If Sidney Crosby scored four goals you'd still be impressed. Am I surprised he showed up in a big game when we needed him? No, because he's done that all year and we expect it."

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