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Sens @ Rangers - Game #3 Preview

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The series shifts to Madison Square Garden tonight as the Sens and Rangers get set to square off in Game #3 at 7 p.m.

Clarke MacArthur, who left Game #2 with an upper-body injury, confirmed to the media on Monday that it was just a pinched nerve and he'll be good to go for tonight's game. Other line-up decisions are expected to come after today's morning skate as both Tom Pyatt and Chris Wideman are available while Mark Borowiecki, who skated yesterday, is still listed as day-to-day.

The Sens are 1-1-0 on the road against the Rangers this season with Jean-Gabriel Pageau (1G + 2A) and Mike Hoffman (3A) leading the way offensively for Ottawa inside MSG with 3 points each. Craig Anderson's lone start in New York against the Blueshirts this year came back on November 27th, 2016 when he turned aside 33 shots to record a shutout in the 2-0 Sens victory.

Ottawa is also 3-0 on the road in the playoffs this year after sweeping the all three road games against the Bruins at TD Garden in Round 1.

Video: May 1: Practice Media - Guy Boucher

 

Previous game

Game #2 was an absolute rollercoaster. After struggling for much of the first two periods on Saturday afternoon, the Sens got a spark from a notorious playoff hero: Jean-Gabriel Pageau. Pageau recorded his second career NHL playoff hat trick to force extra time where he'd eventually notch his 4th goal of the game in double overtime to jump the Sens out to a 2-0 series lead. "Four goals. That's absolutely sick," said Boucher following the Game #2 victory. "It's not just the four goals either, it's the tying goal, it's the overtime goal...it couldn't happen to a better person."

So before tonight's game, go back and relive the magic from Game #2 one more time...

Video: Pageau scores four to lead Sens to 6-5 win in 2OT

 

Sens to watch

I mean...we pretty much just talked about this but we have to start with Pageau. Only two players in Sens history have recorded a playoff hat trick and amazingly they've both done it twice as Pageau joins Sens legend Daniel Alfredsson on that list. Both of Alfie's playoff hat tricks came way back in 1998 while Pageau's previous 3-game feat was against the Montreal Canadiens as a rookie in 2013. Pageau's 4-goal playoff game is a franchise first but he also became only the second Senator to record 4 points in a post-season contest equaling Jason Spezza's output from April 25th, 2006 against the New Jersey Devils. JGP is now tied for 8th place for franchise playoff goals (9) with Kyle Turris, Chris Neil and Radek Bonk.

Video: NYR@OTT, Gm2: Pageau nets four, wins game in 2OT

 

Sticking with Pageau a little bit, the Sens' top three centres have been lethal on draws through 2 games. Turris (58.1), Brassard (56.8) and Pageau (54.3) are all clicking above their season average and as a team the Sens sit third in faceoff win percentage at 54.7 in the second round.

 

Broadcast

Catch all the action on CBC and TVAS tonight or if you are in need of a great spot to watch the game with other rabid Sens fans check out our list of official Sens Army Headquarters for the playoffs here.

Our friends at the Casino Lac-Leamy are also hosting a massive watch party in The Zone tonight so be sure to check it out if you love having an awesome time and love fun and prizes.

Tweet from @Senators: Join the @CasinoLacLeamy to watch Game 3 at 7 pm on Tuesday in The Zone! Fun, prizes and an awesome atmosphere filled with #SENS fans! pic.twitter.com/2L8SF7aJfD

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