Ottawa Senators rookie Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored twice in nine regular season games and was pointless through the first two in their series against the Montreal Canadiens. With Game 3 knotted at one early in the second period, Pageau broke the tie with his first NHL playoff goal. It was a goal he'll never forget for more than one reason: he lost a tooth in the process:
There was a delayed high-sticking call on P.K. Subban as soon as Pageau shot the puck. It would have been a double minor due to the loss of a tooth/presence of blood, but because the shot was a goal, the Canadiens defenseman was given only two minutes, as per NHL rule 15.3:
Calling a Double-minor Penalty – Goal Scored - When the penalty to be imposed is applicable under Rule 48 for Head-butting or Rule 58 Butt-ending, Rule 60 High-sticking or Rule 62 Spearing, and a goal is scored, two minutes of the appropriate penalty will be assessed to the offending player. (This will be announced as a double-minor for the appropriate foul and the player will serve two (2) minutes only.)
Pageau would finish the night with a hat trick, scoring his final goal of the night during a third period where both benches were sparse due to a line brawl.
We know players like to keep their first goal pucks, but will Pageau pair up his hat trick pucks with the lost tooth in a frame?
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