Pageau hat trick pushes Senators past Devils
- Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the first regular-season hat trick of his NHL career, and the Ottawa Senators rallied for a 4-2 win against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Wednesday.
- Mark Borowiecki scored, and Craig Anderson made 21 saves for the Senators (7-10-1), who are 3-1-0 in their past four games. Anderson won for the first time in three starts.
“That Pageau line (with Nick Paul and Connor Brown) was flying tonight,” Anderson said. “They gave us offensive support, and they’re solid with the puck in our defensive zone, which created those offensive chances.”
- Pageau scored his second of the game with 2:01 left in the third period on a rebound from the right face-off circle to give the Senators a 3-2 lead.
- He scored his third goal into an empty net with 26 seconds remaining, giving him eight goals in his past six games and nine points (eight goals, one assist) in his past seven.
“I thought we were really patient,” Pageau said. “I don’t think we started the way we wanted, but as the game went on, I think the momentum started changing when we kept putting pucks behind their defense and kept working. I think we wore them out in the end and were the better team by the end, and that’s why we won.”
- Wayne Simmonds and Will Butcher scored, and Mackenzie Blackwood made 21 saves for the Devils (5-8-4), who led 2-1 from late in the first period until midway through the third.
“[This is] inconsistency in our complete game as a group,” Blackwood said. “It’s not one person, it’s everyone. We do a lot of great things, we have a lot of great players do a lot of great things, but we just made a couple of mistakes and they came back to bite us. Every team in this league is good, and on every given night you are hard challenged. We just have to come back and be better.”
- The Senators were coming off an 8-2 loss at the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.
“We want to be known as a team that’s going to play hard every night, and if we stay patient enough and stay in the game we’re going to get our opportunities to score,” Ottawa coach D.J. Smith said. “We don’t score a lot of goals, but we’ve got to hold you to nothing. I didn’t like our first period, thought we gave up too much, but after that I thought we locked it down pretty good.”
Extended highlights of the Ottawa Senators at the New Jersey Devils
- The Senators, 2-6-1 on the road this season, went 0-for-1 on the power play on Wednesday and are 0-for-14 with the man-advantage in their past five games. …
- Pageau has scored a hat trick twice in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He had four goals against the New York Rangers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round on April 29, 2017, and three goals against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 of the first round May 5, 2013. …
- Pageau was plus-4 and leads the NHL with a plus-19 rating in 18 games. …
- Butcher scored his first goal in nine games and led the Devils in ice time (24:55).
Sources & Credits: Mike G. Morreale / NHL.com, OTT Senators, NJ Devils