Game 3: Sens vs. Montreal. It’s safe to say it was a game unlike any other and, realistically, many of us will never see anything like it again. Between a 6-1 Sens win, a WWE-style Royal Rumble sequence of events, tons of memorable soundbytes and an overwhelmed stats crew trying to log it all, it was something else.
One portion of that game -- namely, J-G Pageau’s hat trick -- has been named one of the top individual efforts of the 2013 season according to NHL.com.
Here’s what their story had to say...
Rookie steps up for Senators -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau didn't make his NHL debut until April 11, but it didn't take long for the 20-year-old center to become one of the Ottawa Senators' more popular players.
He raised that level even higher in Game 3 of the first-round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens, scoring a hat trick in Ottawa's 6-1 victory.
Pageau's first goal, at 4:40 of the second period, held up as the game-winner. He took a long pass from Sergei Gonchar, split a pair of defenders, and beat Carey Price with a wrist shot while Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban high-sticked him in the face hard enough to knock out a tooth.
Pageau scored again 1:18 into the second and capped the night with a power-play goal with 1:58 left in the third for the hat trick.
"It was a great night for the kid," Senators coach Paul MacLean said. "He's played very well for us, and tonight for him to be here in his first playoff game at home, to get a hat trick and play the way he did, that's a big night for him. We're going to have to really calm him down and talk to him for a long time tomorrow to get him back and ready to go on Tuesday night. But I hope he really enjoys it tonight because that's a heck of a night in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. I never had one of those."
The playoff campaign was a coming out party for the Ottawa native who joined the Sens after an excellent campaign with the Binghamton Senators where he won the team’s “Rookie of the Year” and “7th Player” awards. With 10 points in 19 NHL games between the regular season and playoffs, he is very much in the discussion for a roster spot with the big club come 2013-14.
If and when he makes his return next season, his song will surely be waiting.
You can re-live the hat trick below.
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