Pageau still coming down from big night

The morning after the greatest night of his life, Jean-Gabriel Pageau was nursing a swollen mouth, courtesy of the dental work to reconnect the tooth he lost Sunday.

Pageau still coming down from big night
Jean-Gabriel Pageau talks to the media following an optional practice for the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. (Wayne Cuddington / Ottawa Citizen)

The morning after the greatest night of his life, Jean-Gabriel Pageau was nursing a swollen mouth, courtesy of the dental work to reconnect the tooth he lost Sunday.

Senators coach Paul MacLean couldn’t resist a joke about a possible swollen head, as well.

MacLean suggested the bridges connecting Ottawa to Pageau’s Gatineau home could soon be renamed Jean, Gabriel and Pageau, honouring the rookie centre who scored a hat trick in his first career playoff game at Scotiabank Place and in only the 12th NHL game of his career.

Pageau admits it was hard to come down to earth, considering all the attention he received by the Scotiabank Place crowd during the game and by his teammates after his first star selection — both groups serenaded him with “Pageau, Pageau” chants — and from friends and family.

Philadelphia Flyers star Daniel Briere, also a Gatineau native and Pageau’s role model growing up, was among those who called to congratulate him.

“He was really happy for me,” said Pageau. “He told me I looked like I was ready for summer hockey.”

What made it even more special was the fact Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson assisted on the third goal. Alfredsson is the only other Senator to score three goals in a playoff game, turning the trick twice during the 1998 playoffs.

“He’s actually a legend for my mom,” said Pageau, who sits beside Alfredsson in the dressing room. “I think she really likes him because he’s a real gentleman and a good leader.”

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