There’s a new mantra in Ottawa tonight

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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.

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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 Pageau 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.

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Mesmerizing Superbowl LI

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Even though I was rooting for underdog Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons in Superbowl LI,  I have to admit that the comeback by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots was mesmerizing.  The much less experienced Matt Ryan and the Falcons were winning 28-3 at halftime, a lead that carried them well into the third quarter.  Falcon fans and Brady haters were celebrating everywhere.  Even the Patriots’ cheerleaders looked less than spirited.

It seemed like the Patriots could not get anything right when the extra point was missed on their first touchdown.   However, another touchdown with a two-point conversion brought the Patriots back into the game.  A Falcon fumble and injury in the fourth quarter continued to fuel the train wreck orchestrated by Tom Brady and his offense.

From that point on, it was the Falcons that could not get anything right, especially when committing a few undisciplined penalties, one of which left them out of range for a field goal that might have slowed the Patriot’s momentum and run them out of time.  Instead, the penalty resulted in the game-tying Patriots’ touchdown.

In the first ever Superbowl overtime,  the Patriots won the coin toss giving them first possession of the football.  This meant that a touchdown would win it for them; a field goal would give the Falcons their chance to score. The Patriots needed no further encouragement; they marched down the field and over the goal line, with very little resistance from the stunned Falcons, for a Patriots (and Tom Brady’s)  5th Superbowl win.

Whatever you think of Tom Brady and however tired you are of him winning, it was an awesome and mesmerizing game to watch, at least the last half was.  If you only tuned in at half time to watch Lady Gaga, I hope you watched the rest of the game.   Whether or not Tom Brady upstaged Lady Gaga is debatable; she did perform a spectacular show.

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