Game 3 is Tuesday in New York.
“We played well enough to win this game,” a somber Lundqvist said after the game. “It’s really tough to lose. We just have to go home and regroup.”
Lundqvist and his teammates appeared to be headed for a series-tying win before Pageau, who also scored in the first period, notched his second goal of the game at 16:41 of the third period. He then finished his hat trick by deflecting in a Kyle Turris shot after Senators goaltender Craig Anderson was pulled for an extra attacker.
The tying goal had left Lundqvist on one knee, seemingly stunned. Two intermissions and a game-winning goal later, he was still confounded.
“That last deflection, I don’t even know how he did that,” Lundqvist said.
That was just the precursor to Pageau’s derring-do in the second overtime.
“We had faith that we were going to come back, and we did,” said Pageau, an Ottawa native who also scored a playoff hat trick against Montreal in 2013. “You just have to keep working, keep pushing. It definitely feels good.”
For the Rangers, the wrenching defeat sends them back to Madison Square Garden in desperate need of a victory.
Lundqvist, who stopped only 28 of the 34 shots he faced, accepted responsibility for the unsavory outcome.
“I wasn’t good enough coming up with that extra save there in the end,” he said. “It’s a tough place with deflections, but I have to find a way.”
In the first overtime, the Rangers had a golden opportunity to escape with a victory when Rick Nash took the puck from Anderson behind the net. He had a chance to put it in, but it was poked away by Turris.
Nash’s squandered chance came after a stunning reversal in a third period that began with the Rangers seeming assured of heading back home with the series tied at a…