There’s a new mantra in Ottawa tonight. If you are an Ottawa Senators fan or an NHL lover, you will know exactly what I am talking about. It goes like this: “PAGEAU, PAGEAU, PAGEAU, PAGEAU….PAGEAU, PAGEAU” sung to the tune of that other popular NHL chant OLÈ, OLÈ, OLÈ, OLÈ….OLÈ OLÈ
The Ottawa Senators beat the visiting New York Rangers, 6-5 in double overtime, after being down 5-3 with a little over 3 minutes left in regulation time. What a comeback, what a game! The win puts the Senators ahead 2-0 in a best of 7 game series, round two in the NHL playoffs for the Stanley Cup.
The reason for the mantra is that Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored 4 of the 6 Ottawa goals, including the OT winner. To be more precise, 4 goals in 4 shots on net. I would love to know Henrik Lundqvist’s (the Rangers’ goaltender) thoughts as he saw him streaking down the ice towards him in overtime. Maybe, “oh no, not him again”
The fans serenaded him a few times tonite with the mantra (after each goal) but none louder than during his solo skate as he was announced the first star of the game. It was absolutely deafening, in fact, you could not hear the announcer declare him the first star. Not that he had to, we all knew who the best guy on the ice was tonight.
The fans were still chanting as they cleared out of the CTC, to the parking lots and beyond, honking their car horns and waving their flags…
My voice is hoarse; I too was chanting and cheering at the top of my lungs.