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Pageau: "We all believe in each other"

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Jean-Gabriel Pageau speaks before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final about embracing the team's underdog role, matching up against the Penguins' top players and more...

On resetting after their second round series win against the Rangers:

I think we've done that all year. Turning the page after the game has been key for us. Obviously, we've had some good memories in the second round and when you think about Derick Brassard's tying-goal, Kyle Turris' game-winning goal, Craig Anderson's big saves…these are all great moments that we can build on and I think it's positive. We know we can play well and beat good teams so I think that's just good for our confidence. We have a really big challenge now with the Stanley Cup champions from last year so I think it's a good vibe and beating good teams like New York and Boston is obviously good for our confidence.

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On the creation of the Pageau Parm:

That's pretty cool and just shows that the whole city and team went all in to support us all the way. There was a breakfast special too at the Wellington Diner so it's cool to see that everyone is behind us and supports us.

What he expects from the Penguins in this series:

They're a really fast team. It's a hard building to play in too but we've done it all year. We know we can beat them but it's going to be a big challenge. Obviously, they're the favourite to beat us but when I look around our room and I look in everyone's eyes we all believe in each other. I think that's big to have that in our room.

Matching up against their top players:

They have a lot of depth and have four good lines so obviously it's going to be a big test with whoever I'm matched up against. They have some really talented players but I'm ready for the challenge hopefully I'll do well.


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