8 tweets that defined Game 2 of the Sens-Rangers series

Jean-Gabriel Pageau: the man with the magic hockey stick.

If it weren't for Pageau's exploits in Game 2, the Ottawa Senators would likely have been heading to New York tied at a game apiece in their second-round playoff series with the Rangers.

Instead, it's the Sens with the two-game advantage. Here's how Saturday's wild back-and-forth affair went down — and how it played out on Twitter.

Fans stuffed themselves into the Canadian Tire Centre for Saturday's game, and the Sens gave them hope early by quickly ending up on the power play.

But it was New York that struck first, as the puck skipped over Mark Stone's stick and led to a short-handed goal for the visitors.

Soon afterwards, though, the Sens caught a break when a Rangers player inexplicably decided to pass the puck to a ghost, or perhaps his imaginary friend.

Pageau collected it up and calmly fired a wrist shot past New York netminder Henrik Lundqvist — his first of the night — to knot the game at a goal apiece.

Few would write flowery poetry about that 20 minutes of hockey — most certainly not CBC Ottawa sports guru Dan Seguin.

The first 10 minutes of the second period were essentially a personal Craig Anderson highlight reel, as he made a handful of clutch saves — including this absolute barnburner.

As for the last 10 minutes, though, Anderson would probably love to take that reel and stash it in a deep dark closet somewhere. And then set that closet on fire.

The Rangers put three pucks behind Anderson, including their second short-handed goal of the game. Marc Methot was able to get one back, but heading into the second intermission the Senators had suddenly found themselves trailing 4-2.

At the start of the third, Stone earned a measure of redemption, scoring to cut the Rangers' lead to a single point.

But then, New York defenceman Brady Skjei threw his body in front of a shot, blocked it, and, well, see for yourself how it all turned out.

It's less painful if you don't speak Norwegian.

Things weren't exactly looking rosy for the Senators. But with less than four minutes left on the clock, Pageau tipped a shot past Lundqvist for his second goal of the game, cutting the Rangers' lead to 5-4. 

Then, with about a minute until the final horn, the pride of Gatineau redirected another shot — this time off the stick of Kyle Turris — into the Rangers' net.

Suddenly, the game was off to overtime.

Four minutes into overtime, Stone had an amazing chance to stick a rebound past Lundqvist, but the laws of physics refused to cooperate and the puck stayed out.

Then, Ryan Dzingel missed another mostly-open net with about a minute left, meaning the two squads would take their battle to a second overtime period.

In double overtime it was Pageau, of course, who sealed the improbable comeback, besting Lundqvist once more with a potent wrist shot for his fourth goal of the day.

It was a performance that Senators fans will remember for years to come — and if one person has his way, all of Canada, too.

The Senators now head to New York for Game 3, which gets underway Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.