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Pageau's fourth goal seals Senators' 2OT win over Rangers

Rangers vs. Senators Live Stream: Watch NHL Playoffs Game 2 Online Senators' Jean-Gabriel Pageau's fourth goal is overtime winner
Montrelle Montesinos | 04 May, 2017, 16:26

Though the Rangers opened the scoring, Pageau's second of the playoffs tied it up 1-1 after 20 minutes. The series moves to the Garden, the Rangers down 0-2.

"I think I closed my eyes when I shot and thankfully it went in", he said afterward, according to ESPN. "I was on a cloud and it's a moment I'll never forget".

The Senators hold a 2-0 series lead over the Rangers.

It's obvious that the Rangers can turn this series around with better play from their franchise goalie, but let's take a deeper look at how Lundqvist is going through the age curve, and what the Rangers can do to help get him back on track.

"I thought his quota was full", captain Erik Karlsson said when asked if Pageau was his pick for the double OT victor. But at the same time we don't need to do it on objective for them to get the looks that they got the last game.

Power-play troubles, in particular, almost spelled their doom.

Skjei had two goals for NY and Michael Grabner, Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan also scored.

Often, it was simple sloppiness with the puck, passes gone completely askew. A backchecking Turris took the potential game winning-goal off the stick of Rick Nash. Mark Stone cut the deficit to 4-3 in the opening minutes of the third, but less than four minutes later, Brady Skjei scored the second of his two goals to increase the margin once more.

"He was already feeling better after the game so we'll see in the next (few) days", Boucher said.

"I thought our transition from defense to offense was good, but from offense to defense, we just gave them way too much", Boucher said.

NEW YORK - That sigh of relief you heard before the Ottawa Senators left town was news that winger Clarke MacArthur accompanied his teammates on the trip.

"This is the most fun I've had playing hockey in a long time", rookie defenceman Ben Harpur said when asked about the grind of double overtime. Maybe it was OK to think the Capitals, loaded with talent and built to unseat the reigning title winners, would finally do damage against the Pens, but then Pittsburgh unleashed an off-the-charts Game 1 encore on Saturday.

"You try not to change anything", he said. Skjei broke up an odd-man rush, took a feed from Brendan Smith in transition and fired in his fourth goal of the playoffs.

Prior to the big-money goal, a 2-on-1 snipe over the glove hand of goalie Henrik Lundqvist at 2:54 of the extra extra frame, Pageau spent the afternoon cashing in against the Rangers, netting a first period goal to knot the game at one, then a pair of late third-period tallies that tied things at five and sent the game into OT. "I'm going to remember that for the rest of my life", said Pageau, who had 12 goals during the season.

Added Phaneuf: "It's just great to see him get rewarded: four-goal game, overtime victor".

It was the fourth time under head coach Alain Vigneault that the Rangers blew a two-goal lead and lost a playoff game in overtime. After the first of his four years as an assistant with the Senators, Vigneault suggested the team hire his old strength and conditioning coach in Hull.

"We're going to sit down here in a couple hours, and go through our different options, and I would tell you that everything's on the table right now", Vigneault said.

Ottawa plays a conservative style that emphasizes safe plays in the neutral zone and a tight defensive structure, as Lundqvist referenced.

"Today is just one more of these nights where you know why everybody wants to play with this guy".

Fleury was at best the Penguins' 1B goalie this season after Matt Murray led them to the Stanley Cup a year ago, but so far he has looked very much like the goalie who won it for Pittsburgh in 2009. The key for the Senators was their ability to respond and that's something they've been able to do all season.