Sens Rookie Jean-Gabriel Pageau Lost a Tooth While Scoring His First Career Playoff Goal (Video)
During the Stanley Cup Playoffs, success comes at a steep price. A team doesn’t succeed without a 100% buy-in from each of its players, and an individual doesn’t succeed without a willingness to get gritty and take a few lumps. And nobody complains. That’s just how it is, and it’s all worth it if you get to hoist the cup above your head.
You can ask the Ottawa Senators’ Jean-Gabriel Pageau about all of this. On Sunday night, the rookie center scored his first career NHL playoff goal during the Sens’ 6-1 blowout of the Canadiens; however, to do so he had to withstand a vicious slash to the face that knocked out a perfectly good tooth.
Did he fall to the ice and writhe around in agony like a soccer player? Nope. He just raised his stick in celebration with one hand, while holding his mouth with his other hand. Then, after celebrating the occasion with his teammates in the corner, he picked up his tooth and skated to the bench to hand it off to one of his teammates.
Take a look:
Seriously, could you imagine what would happen if Cristiano Ronaldo lost a tooth while scoring a goal?
Anyway, Pageau went on to score two more goals after this, recording his first career playoff hat trick in the process. If you ask me, that was a fitting reward for some gritty determination.