The Senators and Rangers played in one of the wackiest Stanley Cup playoff games on Saturday. A 6-5 double-overtime tilt ended after New York squandered a pair of leads and Pageau capped off his historic evening with his fourth goal.
Yes, four goals. A hat trick plus some. In a Stanley Cup playoff game. Only 11 players in NHL history have hit that mark in the postseason, with Johan Franzen being the last to do so in 2010.
Those types of games are series-changing statement games. Instead of heading into New York tied 1-1, the Senators have a two-game lead with the potential to do some real damage to the Rangers at home. After being given the short shrift by many for being a boring team, the Senators countered with quite the offensive comeback.
And, while of course it’s nice to write about Henrik Lundqvist and Craig Anderson standing on their head, high-scoring hockey games in the postseason are a nice change of pace. Especially heart-stopping, overtime ones decided by a player’s fourth goal of the game.
The Isles have a lot of upcoming forwards with scoring Texas Rangers Cheap Jerseys skills (Josh Ho-Sang, Anthony Beauvillier, Mathew Barzal, Michael Dal Colle, and Kieffer Bellows), but none of them play the power-forward game like Rasmussen. The 6’6, 215-pound center could become a net-front presence on the power play for the Islanders’ skilled forwards to finish plays with.
Outside of Tippett, nobody in the draft owns a shot like Tolvanen. The 18-year-old’s NHL-ready shot netted 30 goals in 52 games in the USHL last year, and he’ll join Boston College as a freshman in 2017-18. Rounding out the other aspects of his game may take time, but you can’t teach innate scoring prowess.